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By Stephen B. Collins
Vice President for College Relations Peyton Randolph Helm, Colby's chief fund raiser since 1988, was tapped in March for the presidency of Muhlenberg College.
On July 1, Helm became the 11th president of the 155-year-old liberal arts college in Allentown, Pa., and he notes that there are similarities between Colby and Muhlenberg. Both are liberal arts colleges, both were founded in the 19th century (Colby 35 years before Muhlenberg) and both have mules as their athletic mascots.
At Colby, Helm is credited with bringing development to a new level of professionalism. "His most important and enduring accomplishment was and is the development of the development office," President William D. Adams told the Allentown Morning Call. Helm? Adams? also credited Helm with creating a "culture of philanthropy" among Colby's alumni and supporters.
During his 15 years as vice president Helm managed the Campaign for Colby, a fund-raising tour de force that raised slightly more than $150 million--fully 50 percent more than the campaign's original goal. Also on his watch the annual giving rate among Colby alumni grew to an enviable 51 percent participation.
"My goal was to create the best small-college development and alumni relations operation in our league," he said, stressing that team-building was his primary strategy. "I think we are very highly regarded," he said of the team he put together.
Trained in ancient history, with a bachelor's degree from Yale and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Helm taught a Jan Plan on Homer and Greek history this year, as he did most years.
He said he will miss "hundreds if not thousands of friendships" that grew out of his work at Colby. Themost important thing he received personally in all his years soliciting gifts for Colby, he said, was the tutoring he got from William R. Cotter and Adams, two "very different, but very accomplished presidents.= "This is a terrific place," he said. "It's worthy of the support of everyone who ever went here."
A national search is underway to hire a new vice president for college relations. Alumni are invited to submit nominations for the position to Nancy Archer-Martin, Educational Management Network, 98 Old South Road, Nantucket, MA 02554.
The Colby College Museum of Art has grown steadily in stature over the
past four decades. Lynne Moss Perricelli '95 looks at the museum's past,
present, and future.
Pride and Prejudice
Gay Colby students are demanding more visibility and inclusion in the
College community. Colby details their concerns, and those of
students who think the gay community has gone too far.
Construction begins for The Colby Green, the centerpiece of the
College's most significant expansion in a half-century.
All that Jazz
Vinnie Martucci '77 composes and improvises to make a life in music
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