When the Deerfield Academy Alumni Association was officially established in 1969, an Executive Committee was formed to serve as the continuing governing body of the association. According to the written constitution of the Alumni Association, the purpose of the committee is “to communicate relevant information about Deerfield Academy to the members of the Association; to communicate to the Academy, when appropriate, the views of the Association and its members; to promote alumni engagement in support of the Academy; to strengthen bonds of friendship among alumni; and to encourage the development and facilitate the effective operation of regional alumni groups.”
The present-day Executive Committee is composed of up to 30 members. Members are elected for a term of three years and are eligible for re-election to a second three-year term. The committee is led by the president, who serves a single three-year term and also sits on the Board of Trustees during their tenure.
Candidates for election to the committee are suggested by the staff of the Advancement Office and by current Executive Committee members to the Nominating Committee. New members are nominated to fill existing vacancies by vote of the Executive Committee. The chief criteria for membership on the Executive Committee are a demonstrated interest in the welfare of the Academy as evidenced by prior volunteer service or other activities on behalf of the school, and a willingness to attend at least two of the three Executive Committee meetings each year (although it is unusual for members not to attend all meetings), with participation via conference call if unable to attend a meeting. Members are also chosen with the added goal that the Executive Committee should inclusively represent the alumni body as a whole.
The committee meets three times yearly, twice at Deerfield in fall and spring, and once in New York in the winter.