Four named Bates College trustees

Geraldine FitzGerald of New York City and Jeffrey D. Sturgis of Minot, Maine, have been elected to the Board of Overseers by the alumni body; Karen Harris of South Portland, Maine, and Carole Segal of Winnetka, Ill., have been appointed to serve on the bicameral board of trustees at Bates College, announced President Donald W. Harward.

FitzGerald, a 1975 graduate of Bates, is vice president of marketing services for BPA International of New York City, a provider of circulation intelligence for business publications, special-interest consumer magazines and Web sites. A native of Hudson, Ohio, FitzGerald majored in English at Bates and performed with the Bates College Modern Dance Co. Active in Bates alumni affairs, FitzGerald is a President’s Circle volunteer, a career adviser and contact for the college’s Career Discovery Internship Program and a member of Bates’ New York Council. She was president of the Alumni Council from 1995 to 1997, headed the pre-campaign committee for the college’s second capital campaign and was a Tri-State Region vice chair for the third capital campaign. FitzGerald has been president of her Bates class, a class agent, a reunion committee worker and a phonathon volunteer.

Sturgis, a 1969 graduate of Bates, is assistant principal at Leavitt Area High School in Turner, Maine. With a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bates and a master’s degree in secondary administration from the University of Southern Maine, Sturgis has devoted his professional life to teaching and school administration. Sturgis, who has also taken graduate work in educational leadership at the University of Maine, was named Assistant Principal of the Year in 1995 by the Maine Principals’ Association. He received the Bates College Distinguished Service Award in 1988 and is president of the Bates class of 1969. He has been a lead class agent and past reunion committee member, chairing the gift committee in 1988 and as a member of the committee for his class’s 30th reunion in 1999. He has been active in the Androscoggin Bates Club and has been a member of the Alumni Council and the Annual Alumni Fund Committee. Sturgis is a career adviser for Bates’ Office of Career Services and a contact for the Career Discovery Internship Program. His daughter, Jodi Sturgis Coppeta, is a member of the Bates class of 1993.

Harris, a 1974 graduate of Bates, is a Portland-based management consultant, specializing in organizational change and performance improvement. Before her work in consulting, Harris was a partner in the Baby Bag Company, director of corporate programs at Catalyst in New York City and an assistant dean of admissions at Bates. She received a master’s degree in management at Yale University. In Bates affairs, Harris was elected to a previous term on the Bates Board of Overseers in 1993.

Harris has served as Alumni Council president, co-chaired the Maine Region of the Bates Campaign and served as a co-chair of her Reunion Gift Committee, securing generous financial support from the Bates community to improve the college and its academic resources for students. In 1999, she received the college’s inaugural Helen A. Papaioanou Alumni Service Award, given in honor of former Bates trustee Dr. Helen A. Papaioanou, a member of the Bates class of 1949.

Segal and her husband, Gordon, co-founded Crate & Barrel catalog and retail sales in 1962. They opened their first store, a 1,700-square-foot space, in an old elevator factory in Chicago’s Old Town, nailing up crating lumber on the walls and spilling products out of their packing crates and barrels for display. Today, Euromarket Designs, Crate & Barrel’s parent company, has more than 80 stories in 15 U.S. markets. About a third of the merchandise, which includes furniture and housewares, is unique to Crate & Barrel. Segal, a graduate of Northwestern University, was a teacher before the first Crate & Barrel store was opened. She is president of the Women’s Board of Northwestern University and is a member of the Bates College Chicago Council. Her daughter, Katie, a member of the Bates class of 1995, is a law student at Georgetown University Law Center and has served as a member of the Annual Fund Committee, a class agent and an alumni club volunteer.

The Bates College board of trustees includes the board of fellows, whose members serve lifetime terms.

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