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Parents Council

Diagram of Parents Council

What is the Swarthmore College Parents Council?

The Parents Council supports Swarthmore's mission to prepare students for full, balanced lives as individuals and as socially responsible citizens through rigorous intellectual study supplemented by athletic, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities. It provides the administration with timely and insightful feedback from the parent's point of view; serves as a resource for Swarthmore families; and promotes meaningful connection with the College.

Council Leadership

Fred Joseph ’88, P’24 and Teresa Scott ’88, P’24, Co-Chairs


President Valerie Smith invites prospective members to join the Council based on their demonstrated commitment to Swarthmore through philanthropic leadership (annual support of $5,000 or more) and active engagement in the life of the College. Council members are encourages to serve while their child is enrolled at Swarthmore. A chair or co-chairs lead the Council with support from a member of College Advancement.


  • Demonstrate philanthropic leadership by making an annual contribution of $5,000 or more.
  • Welcome new Swarthmore families as they begin their Swarthmore experience. 
  • Attend at least one of two Council meetings held annually. In a typical year, Council meetings are held on campus during Garnet Weekend in the fall and during April in the spring.


  • Invitations to special events with the president, Board of Managers, and other College leaders throughout the year.
  • Direct access to the Council's staff liaison at the College.
  • Regular and advance notification of select announcements and communications from campus.
  • Membership in The 1864 Society, Swarthmore's leadership giving recognition society.
  • Opportunities to get to know other Swarthmore families.

Interested in learning more?

Contact Margie Hess, Parents Council Staff Liaison 
Associate Director, Individual Giving 
610 328-7677