Dear Harvard Alumni and Alumnae,
I write to urge your participation in this spring’s election of members of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, as well as elected directors of the Harvard Alumni Association. Ballots are mailed by early April. Please take the time to vote.
As this year’s president of the Board of Overseers, I know what an important role both the Overseers and the HAA directors play in bringing the perspectives of engaged alumni to bear on Harvard’s future directions.
The thirty elected members of the Board represent an extraordinary range of professional accomplishment and personal experience. They include leaders from education and government, from business and law and social enterprise, from the arts and humanities to science and medicine. Together our discussions help to shape the University’s agenda and advance its priorities, to promote collaboration across boundaries, to assess the quality of Harvard’s educational and research programs, and to assure that salient planning issues receive the attention they deserve.
The HAA drives efforts to keep Harvard’s hundreds of thousands of alumni engaged with the University – through local and regional events, programs of continuing education, online services, and a network of affiliated clubs and shared interest groups around the world. The caliber and vitality of those efforts depend largely on the commitment of the alumni volunteers elected to serve as HAA directors.
All ballots must be received by noon, May 24, 2013.
Richard A. Meserve JD ’75
President, Harvard University Board of Overseers
PS - Overseers are elected by Harvard degree holders, except for members of the Harvard Corporation and officers of instruction and administration at Harvard. All Harvard degree holders are eligible to vote in the election of HAA directors.