Whitney Dayton Brunet ’01

Whitney Dayton Brunet '01
After graduating from Colby, Whitney Dayton Brunet ’01 took up running, eventually participating in two marathons and several half marathons. "Colby instilled in me the importance of a balanced life—one that includes working, socializing, and physical activity," said Whitney. "Maintaining that balance post-college proved to be challenging but is imperative to leading a healthy life."

"Colby represents the time in my life when I became comfortable and confident in my own skin," she said. "Once I found my niche, it was a community that offered countless opportunities." Whitney was captain of the varsity squash team for two years, was a junior class officer, served as the SGA secretary, and was a member of the Judicial Board. As an alumna she still finds ways to stay involved with Colby, serving on the gift committee for her fifth reunion, as a class agent, and as an admissions volunteer.

Having grown up in Texas, Whitney returned to Dallas after Colby to thaw out after four Maine winters and to work in Texas politics as a campaign fundraiser. Three years later, though, she was back in New England, working in the development office at the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut (her alma mater). Now married to Christian Brunet ’01, Whitney continues her work in nonprofit development as an assistant director on Yale's Reunion Giving team. "I come from a very close family," said Whitney. "My parents and grandparents instilled in me at a very early age the importance of philanthropy—I guess I was destined for a career in fundraising!"

In fact she considers the greatest lesson her parents taught her to be that philanthropy provides a strong sense of purpose in one's life. Since graduation, she has been consistent in her support of the Colby Fund. "I feel grateful for my college experience and want to ensure Colby offers the same, if not more, opportunities to its future students," she said.

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