Skip to main content

Vox of Dartmouth, the College's newspaper for faculty and staff, ceased publication in February 2010. For current Dartmouth news and events, see:

· Dartmouth Now
· Periodicals
· Events Calendar

Spalding '76 appointed Vice President for Alumni Relations

David P. Spalding '76, Vice Chairman of The Cypress Group LLC in New York City and Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York, has been appointed Dartmouth's Vice President for Alumni Relations, effective in early October.

David Spalding '76
David Spalding '76

"David Spalding has distinguished himself throughout his career by his outstanding management ability on behalf of both non-profit organizations and businesses," Dartmouth President James Wright said. "He knows how to help institutions achieve their goals and how to reach out to key constituencies. He has also, since his student days, demonstrated his continuing desire to help Dartmouth. I look forward to his joining the Dartmouth administration. We are so fortunate that he was willing to take on this important assignment at this time."

The Vice President for Alumni Relations is a key administrator at Dartmouth, serving on the president's senior management team and heading an office that maintains close connections with and helps foster connections among Dartmouth's approximately 60,000 alumni.

Spalding succeeds Stanley A. Colla, Jr. '66, Tu'86, who has served as Vice President for Alumni Relations since 1993. Colla announced in January 2005 his plans to retire.

"It is a pleasure and an honor to be coming back to serve an institution I care about very deeply," Spalding said. "My objective will be to work to maintain the preeminence Dartmouth has in the field of alumni relations. I hope to make even more effective the relationships and communications between Dartmouth and her very important alumni body."

Spalding's appointment follows a nationwide search that involved extensive consultation with Dartmouth alumni. The search committee, headed by Provost Barry Scherr, included Karen McKeel Calby '81 and Richard Routhier '73, Tu'76, the immediate past president and current president, respectively of the Alumni Council; Ozzie Harris '81, Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity; Carolyn Pelzel '54A, Vice President for Development; and Cheryl Reynolds, Executive Director and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Dennis Barden of the search firm of EMN/Witt/Kiefer facilitated the search.

The committee sought recommendations and nominations from alumni worldwide, reaching out to the alumni volunteer leadership and contacting more than 1,200 alumni.

"David Spalding emerged from a very strong pool of candidates," Scherr said. "We interviewed an exceptional group of finalists, and we are grateful to them for their interest in this position and in serving Dartmouth."

Alumni Council President Routhier said Spalding's "breadth of experience and love of the institution were very compelling and impressive to the search committee. We know he is a progressive thinker who is dedicated to building a great set of relationships with Dartmouth for its alumni."

Spalding has spent nearly 30 years in the financial field, and has also been very active with a number of non-profit organizations, including Dartmouth. Following his graduation from Dartmouth he joined The Chase Manhattan Bank, NA, where he became a Second Vice President. He received a master of business administration degree at New York University, and from 1983 through 1987 he was with The First National Bank of Chicago, where he became a Vice President. From 1987 to 1988 he was Senior Vice President of GE Capital Corporate Finance Group Inc., and later served as a Senior Vice President and then a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers. He has held his current position at The Cypress Group since 1994. 

He has also been a very active Dartmouth alumnus, currently as a member of the President's Leadership Council and formerly as a member of the Dartmouth College Fund Committee and as a member or co-chair of the reunion giving committees for the 20th, 25th and 30th reunions of his class. As a Dartmouth student, he was a member of the debate team, Alpha Delta fraternity and the student radio station. His father, Lyle G. Spalding, is a member of the Dartmouth Class of 1952.

He has been active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York since 1997, and has chaired the group for the past two years. He is a member of the board of the New Choral Society in Scarsdale, N.Y.

He also serves on a number of corporate boards: the Lear Corporation, RNCC Holdings, AMTROL Inc. and Cooper Standard Automotive Inc.

Spalding and his wife, Marianne, and their two children live in Bronxville, N.Y.

Questions or comments about this article? We welcome your feedback.

Last Updated: 12/17/08