James E. Cowie ’77 and M. Jane Powers ’86 have each been nominated to serve a second three-year term as alumni trustees.
Cowie, of Kenilworth, Ill., is a managing director with Frontenac Company, a private equity investment firm based in Chicago. He serves on the boards of four companies and is a trustee of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He earned his M.B.A. from Stanford in 1982 and served as a member of the Alumni Council and as an overseer before becoming a trustee in 2005. He is married to Kathleen M. Keegan ’77, and they have three sons.
Powers is a clinical social worker, child/family therapist, and director of a therapeutic day school for emotionally troubled children and adolescents. A Presidential Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa at Colby, she served as an admissions volunteer, Alumni Council member, and overseer before becoming a trustee in 2005. She earned her M.S.W. from Simmons in 1990 and has served on the executive board of the nonprofit Dignity/Boston. Jane and her spouse, Peggy Hayes, live in Medford, Mass.
According to Alumni Association bylaws, other nominations may be made by petition to the executive secretary of the Alumni Council with signatures of one percent of the members of the association. If there are no nominations before May 1, Cowie and Powers will be declared elected by the chair of the Alumni Council.