Dean’s Emeriti Circle

Mission and Purpose 

As former Trinity College Board of Visitors (TBOV) members, the Dean’s Emeriti Circle continues to advance TBOV’s goal of actively and strategically supporting and advancing Trinity’s stated mission, which has several dimensions: 

  • Provide a world-class liberal arts education to undergraduate and graduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults who are committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their fields and communities. 
  • Advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship. 
  • Promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry. 
  • Encourage a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth. 

Specifically, the Dean’s Emeriti Circle achieves its mission and purpose through an open, annual membership of former TBOV members who wish to remain engaged with and supportive of Trinity’s faculty, students, and programs.

How do I become part of the Dean’s Emeriti Circle? 

Former TBOV members who provide philanthropic support to Trinity College at a $25,000 minimum, inclusive of a minimum of $10,000 directed to the Trinity Annual Fund, during an academic year (July 1 – June 30) become members of the Dean’s Emeriti Circle. Membership is renewed annually dependent on support.

Why should I become part of the Dean’s Emeriti Circle? 

In addition to continuing to provide impactful philanthropic support for Trinity’s students, faculty, and programs, Dean’s Emeriti Circle members are also: 

  • Invited to attend and participate in portions of the fall TBOV meeting as well as attend programming specific to the Dean’s Emeriti Circle. 
  • Invited to engage directly with the Dean of Trinity College in-person and/or virtually each semester to hear insider updates and advise and consult with Trinity administration on specific projects and initiatives. 
  • Invited to regional events with other Dean’s Emeriti Circle members, current TBOV members, Trinity leadership, and/or members from other Duke boards and regional groups. Members are also welcome and encouraged to host events in their respective region. 
  • Invited and encouraged to connect with and mentor current students and young alumni, further solidifying the Duke network. 
  • Invited and encouraged to take a generative approach with new and current TBOV members by serving as mentors and guides for their TBOV service.