Marks Named Chair of Alumni Fund Board
When he was a young man, Scott P. Marks Jr. ‘68 says his personal circumstances gave him a vague notion of the importance of alumni support for the Institute.“As a student, I was very conscious that financial aid was important to me, otherwise I couldn’t have been there. As I remember it, my undergraduate scholarship was underwritten by AMF,” Marks says. “But my awareness of the importance of giving came later. I remember that, inevitably, I was solicited after graduation, but the first time I can really remember thinking about the importance of giving back was when I was living in New York City, maybe 10 years out of the Institute.”
In accepting the important MIT volunteer chairmanship of the Alumni Fund Board, Marks will now be charged with thinking-more than ever before-about the importance of alumni support for MIT. A veteran of the Fund Board and former chairman of the Alumni Fund’s goals committee, Marks brings a wealth of fund-raising experience to his new post. He is a member of MIT’s Corporation Development Committee, and in the past, he has served on several reunion gift committees.
It’s not surprising that Marks’s extensive experience as a volunteer with the Alumni Association has helped him build strong ties with the Association staff with whom, as Fund Board chair, he will be working.
“We are very excited to have Scott as this year’s Fund Board chair,” says Elizabeth Garvin HM ‘02, managing director of the Alumni Association and director of the Alumni Fund. “He brings to the position a tremendous range of experience from serving on other nonprofit boards, as well as incredible marketing expertise, enthusiasm, energy, and a creative drive.” In 2000 he was the recipient of MIT Alumni Association’s Lobdell award, which recognizes alumni relations service over a sustained period.
“An MIT alum who continues to this day to be very active in MIT affairs, a man who worked at Morgan Stanley, came to visit me in my office at American Express in New York City,” Marks says, recalling his first up-close-and-personal brush with MIT fund raising. “I remember I was enormously flattered that this obviously quite senior person had taken the time to call on me. I had written a few small checks to the Institute, not much. But he came as part of a personal solicitation program, and it made an impression. That’s when it really clicked.”
Marks received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering, and he has amassed a wealth of experience in the private sector, working at such firms as First Chicago NBD, American Express, ROI Consulting, and McKinsey. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Pamela.
“I think giving to MIT is important because I feel an obligation to repay a kind of debt,” he says. “On a different level, I feel that giving is important because MIT holds a unique place in the ranks of U.S. higher education, and the Institute needs the support of all its alumni and friends to remain at the leading edge.”
FY03 Alumni Fund Board Members
|The Alumni Fund Board boasts several new members, a new chairman in Scott P. Marks Jr. ‘68-who replaces Gregory E. Moore ‘73-and a challenging task in the year ahead: keeping the Alumni Fund going strong in a year of fiscal uncertainty. The FY03 board members include:|
|Gregory Arenson ‘70 |
|Scott Marks ‘68|
|Douglas G. Bailey ‘72 ||John E. Miller, SM ‘53|
|Andreas Bommarius ‘82 ||Gregory E. Moore ‘73 |
|Allan S. Bufferd ‘59, SM ‘61, ScD 65||Erin O’Boyle, AR ‘85|
|Thomas Davis ‘84 |
(chairman of goals committee)
|Paula Olsiewski PhD ‘79|
|Glen Dorflinger ‘46 ||Rhonda Peck ‘81|
|Elizabeth A. Garvin HM |
(director of the Alumni Fund
and managing director of the
|Jared J. Safirstein ‘57|
|Joseph Harrington III ‘61 ||Michael H. Schoen ‘87|
|William J. Hecht ‘61 ||Donald E. Shobrys ‘75|
|Shaheen Husain, SM ‘81||Arthur S. Turner ‘52|
|John G. Kassakian ‘65||Annalisa Weigel ‘94|
|James Lash ‘66 |
(Alumni Association president)
|Hettithanthrige (Sanith) Wijesinghe |
(Graduate Student Council president)