Parents Council

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The Quinnipiac Parents Council is a group of approximately 50 families representing the parents of 6,400 undergraduates and 2,200 graduate students. Council members serve as ambassadors for the Quinnipiac parent community and facilitate the advancement of the University through engagement, career development, and philanthropic support. They share a common interest in enhancing the overall student experience through strengthening the academic mission and reputation of Quinnipiac University. 

The Council meets once during the fall semester and once in the spring semester. Terms are two years in length and are renewable. Members are selected based on their interest in Quinnipiac and their ability to help the University advance its mission. Parents Council members are expected to contribute to the parents campaign with a leadership gift from $2,500 to $25,000 annually. The current parents campaign raises nearly $800,000 each year, and through the outreach efforts of the Council, we expect to raise $1 million annual to support the University's mission and priorities. Peter and Donna Ruttura are the 2014-2015 Parents Council Chairs.  Read a message from them.

Activities of the Parents Council
Parents Council members lead by example, demonstrating their support of Quinnipiac by:

  • Making leadership gifts every year in support of the University's top priorities
  • Hosting receptions to welcome incoming students and their families to Quinnipiac | View a list of past Welcome Receptions
  • Attending the fall and spring Parents Council meeting and reception
  • Serving as ambassadors by fostering relationships with fellow parents to broaden their knowledge of the University and encourage their support
  • Providing career development opportunities for Quinnipiac students
  • Identifying opportunities for corporate or foundation support through personal and professional networks
  • Providing feedback and guidance on special projects as needed

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To discuss involvement with the Parents Council, please contact:
Melinda Formica
Senior director of development for parents and families


Kierran Broatch
Associate director of development for parents and families

2014-15 Important Dates:

Fall 2014
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Parents Council Fall Meeting (coincides with Parents & Family Weekend)
10 a.m. — Orientation for new Parents Council members
10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. — Meeting of the Parents Council
3 p.m. — Reception for Parents Council members and their students
6 p.m. — University Club reception for Parents Council and Parents Leadership Gift Society
7 p.m. — Bobcat Madness and Student Performer Showcase

Spring 2015
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Parents Council Spring Meeting
2 p.m. — Welcome and orientation for new Parents Council members
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. — Meeting of the Parents Council
5:30 p.m. — Reception for Parents Council members and their students

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