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Alumni Association President's Message

Dear Fellow Alumni,

Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving as TC Alumni Council President. I am proud of the progress we have made in reconnecting with you.

Our Programs and Resources Committee created a unique roster of events. Our International Outreach Committee identified International Alumni Network representatives around the globe to serve as direct, local links to TC. Our Nominating Committee recruited alumni with deep bonds to the College. And our Awards and Recognition Committee selected another slate of Distinguished Alumni and Early Career Award recipients of which we can all be proud.

We ask you to participate by applying to join the Alumni Council or by volunteering to serve as an Affiliate Member. To learn more, visit or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 212.678.3215.
TC’s 125th anniversary theme, “Celebrating a Tradition for Tomorrow,” embodies the College’s legacy of firsts – its track record of creating new fields of inquiry and developing new models of practice — and anticipates the “firsts” yet to come in the Century of the Learner.

Throughout 2013 we will honor our firsts, celebrate our present and look forward to our future. We hope you will play a large role in the year’s festivities, because you make Teachers College the great institution it is. Stay engaged and join us at an upcoming event, be it on campus or off. Reconnect with us virtually ( and share your TC stories and memories online or via social media (

Our signature homecoming event — Academic Festival, held on April 13 — featured talks and sessions by our world-renowned faculty and alumni. To learn more about the event and this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, visit Use the form on page 104 or go online to nominate a distinguished alumnus for next year’s awards, which will be presented at Academic Festival in April 2014.

Stay tuned as we continue to roll out an exciting lineup of events beyond New York City, hopefully including a city near you. Mark July 25th on your calendar: Global TC Day, a worldwide celebration of our 125th Anniversary. Celebrate with us in your own backyard. For updates, visit

To our newest alumni: congratulations and welcome. You are destined to do important things! Remember that you have a home at TC and that you can tap into our community physically and virtually.

Stay connected, share your TC memories and keep us updated on your professional impact and
personal successes.

To my colleagues on the Alumni Council and to this year’s Affiliate Members, thank you for your dedicated service. Many thanks, as well, to those rolling off the Alumni Council this May: Susan Diamond, Peter Dillon, Maryalice Mazzara and Diane Sunshine.  

Patrick McGuire, your next Alumni Association

President, is energetic, accessible and passionate about TC. Let him know what you want and need.

I look forward to connecting with you at one of our events this year.


President, Teachers College Alumni Association

The Teachers College Alumni Association is led by the Alumni Council, which consists of 35 members who represent all 90,000 graduates. The Council partners with the Department of Development and External Affairs to advance the goals of the College by providing alumni with opportunities to remain involved in the life of the College through social activities, volunteer efforts and financial support.
Adam Vane

Patrick McGuire

Diana Newman
Mitchell Thompson

Marion Boultbee, Fred Brodzinski

Susan Diamond, Patrick McGuire

Peter Dillon, Jeffrey Putman

Maritza Macdonald,
Maryalice Mazzara, Tara Niraula

James J. Shields

Meet the full Alumni Council

Published Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013