Williams Appoints New Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 23, 2010 — Williams College has announced the appointment as vice president for alumni relations and development of John Malcolm, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Los Angeles.

On July 6 he will succeed Mike Reed, vice president for strategic planning and institutional diversity, who has also served in the alumni relations and development position on an interim basis since the retirement last summer of Steve Birrell.

In his current position, Malcolm oversees programs that match volunteer mentors with more than 1,500 youth, almost all of whom live at or below the poverty level. He previously served as vice president of philanthropy for the BBBS national organization, where he was involved with strategic planning and in expanding significantly the private revenue available to regional programs.

He also has been director of development at Swarthmore College, where he co-organized and oversaw the most successful comprehensive campaign in that college’s history. He had previous experience as interim director of development and director of major gifts at Bucknell University.

“All who met John through the national search process were impressed by his extensive experience in constituency (including alumni) relations, volunteer support, fundraising, and management,” President Adam Falk said. “His passion for education, especially of people from underserved communities, and building support for education is infectious, and he is wonderfully thoughtful and articulate about the liberal arts and about how organizations communicate their mission and purposes.”

Before joining Bucknell, Malcolm served as canvass director on the West Coast for Citizen Labor Energy Coalition/Citizen Action. After graduating from Williams, he worked as a visual artist, mostly in fine oil paintings and drawings.

He expressed his excitement for the challenges of his new position for returning to the college.

“My undergraduate experience at Williams shaped my adult life in fundamental ways,” he said. “Coursework bolstered my belief in the importance of distributing opportunity equitably to disenfranchised populations. Involvement with issue-focused student organizations launched my interest in outreach to diverse constituencies and in designing effective organizations. Friends made at Williams comprise a surprisingly hefty percentage of the folks I’m connected with on Facebook.

“My expectation in returning to the College is simply that we will collectively, by creatively and effectively engaging our increasingly global and diverse alumni body, ensure similarly relevant, transformative educations for current and future Williams students.”


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.

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