Alumni Council

alumni council

Alumni Council, the governing body of the Alumni Association, participates in a variety of activities to support students, alumni, and the College. If you have questions about Council, please contact the Lisa Shafer at 610-328-8009 or to forward the information to the alumni nominating committee. 


  • Support the College
  • Broaden participation of alumni with the College
  • Strengthen Alumni Council programs


Alumni Council provides a range of services to alumni, students, and the administration of Swarthmore College; fosters communication between the College and alumni; and facilitates input from alumni to the College in the development of policies.


Guided by the enduring values of Swarthmore College, Council will be a leader among College alumni organizations by providing an evolving range of services to alumni, students, and the College administration, and by informing and influencing policies to further the mission of the College.

Upcoming Alumni Council Meeting Dates

Oct. 6–8, 2017

Alumni Council Constitution & Bylaws Information

Dear Alumni,

Over the past year, the Alumni Council (AC) performed a review of the Swarthmore Alumni Association Constitution and Bylaws and identified a number of updates needed for these two documents. In conjunction with this assessment, AC consulted with past members of Council for their input. As a result of this consultation, Council is proposing changes that will allow for increased diversity and flexibility so that the Alumni Council may best support the College and alumni body today and in the future. One of the key updates is to allow for electronic voting. Changes to the current Constitution requires a vote of the alumni body at the annual alumni meeting (reunion), this year scheduled for May 26–28. We will be holding a vote on the updated Constitution and Bylaws after the Collection on May 27. This message serves as notice of the upcoming changes. For additional information and the answers to potentially asked questions, please visit the links below.

Please email us at with any questions or concerns.


Janet Erlick ’88, Alumni Council President

David Ko ’92, Alumni Council Immediate Past President

Emily Anne (Nolte) Jacobstein ’07, Alumni Council President Designate


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Potentially asked questions