A Plan for the Future

Proposed Restructuring of the WCAA

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In the fall 2023 magazine, we shared the governance work that the Wellesley College Alumnae Association board has undertaken to modernize our organizational structure and further align the work of the WCAA with our alma mater.

The official announcement of this proposal is below. The agreement document and additional information is at alum.wellesley.edu/mergervote.

In pursuit of Wellesley College’s mission to provide an excellent liberal arts education to women who will make a difference in the world, the Wellesley College Alumnae Association (WCAA) desires to integrate the organization into Wellesley College, effective as of June 30.

The merger of the WCAA and the College is intended to achieve closer alignment of the College, the WCAA, and the alumnae community, and eliminate unnecessary time, expense, and risk associated with the maintenance of a separate legal entity. If approved by a vote of the alumnae, the WCAA will discontinue operations as a separate legal entity.

Upon the effective date of the merger, Wellesley College will create an alumnae relations department that will manage the operations of the WCAA. The alumnae relations department will have an advisory board consisting of the current directors of the WCAA. Subject to the provisions of the merger agreement, the president of the advisory board will continue to serve as an ex officio voting trustee of the Wellesley College Board of Trustees, and the advisory board will continue to have the ability to nominate alumnae trustees to the Wellesley College Board of Trustees (including a young alumnae trustee). Alumnae will no longer approve nominations of officers (president and secretary/treasurer) of the organization; the WCAA Board will determine the processes for board officer nominations and appointments.

It is anticipated that the alumnae relations department will continue to operate the same activities and programs the WCAA currently operates, including publishing Wellesley magazine. The department will retain the Wellesley College Alumnae Association name. Current funds held by the WCAA will continue to be dedicated to providing support for alumnae activities.

The Alumnae Association will solicit alumnae approval for the merger. Online voting will be open from May 1–8. A vote to ratify the results will be held at the Alumnae Association’s annual meeting on May 25. You can review the Merger Agreement at alum.wellesley.edu/mergervote. Questions regarding the merger may be directed to alumnae@wellesley.edu.

Voices of Support


“Wellesley alumnae have always been a unique strength of the College. Our presence and voice in the world support Wellesley and subsequent generations. The proposed changes to the governance structure reflect the strategic importance of alumnae to Wellesley and help ensure meaningful engagement with the College. These changes recognize that our connections to and support of each other are lifelong benefits of a Wellesley education. This is the right next step for the College and our alumnae now.”

Laura Daignault Gates ’72
Former WCAA President
Trustee Emerita
Former Chair, Wellesley College Board of Trustees

“With this merger, we will continue to fulfill our mission of “extend[ing] the helpful associations of student life, and … maintain[ing] such relations to the College that effectively aid her in her upbuilding and strengthening.” The new model will allow us to integrate alumnae into the College’s structure and ensure the longevity and continuity of our role, not only at the College, but also in the world beyond.”

Dorothy Jones-Davis ’98
WCAA Director

“We should always look for opportunities to simplify, streamline, and upgrade. The merger will reduce operational inefficiencies so that the WCAA will have additional capacity to increase alumnae engagement and programming. It is a strategic next step for the WCAA, the College, and our overall community.”

Diana Lam ’20
WCAA Young Alumnae Director

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Vicki Fay (Garriques) ’60
I have read the pieces about the new relationship of the WCAA to the college, and I am very disappointed not to have seen a single specific change envisioned to enable the WCAA to better serve alumnae. I have been an alum active in both my class and clubs for 64 years and have dealt frequently with the WCAA. I have always found the staff bending over backwards to be helpful and eager to fulfill our needs. But for all that time, the Association has been short staffed and plagued by constant staff turnover. I was hoping to see a plan to address those issues. --Vicki FAY, co-president,Class of 1960 and past secretary of the Wellesley Club of Hawaii..

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