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Shortly after Mimi Moriarty MacLean ’93 was chosen to serve on Lafayette’s Board of Trustees in July 2003, a close friend and fellow alumna said to her, “You always wanted to be a trustee.”

Today, MacLean admits that might be true. In fact, from her very first months as a student at Lafayette, she has endeavored to make the College the best it could be.

As a student, she was involved with dozens of organizations and served a term as president of Student Government. Following graduation as a mathematics-economics major, she remained a strong proponent of Lafayette through roles in creating a new alumni chapter in Connecticut, interviewing prospective students for the admissions office, chairing her class reunion, and serving on the Special Task Force on Alcohol and Substance Abuse.

While she admits her volunteer activities require a big time commitment, they’re well worth the effort.

“I had a really good experience at Lafayette and I want to make it an even better place than it was when I went there,” MacLean says. “I loved being there and hope to be able to help not only maintain the caliber of academics, but improve it.”

She also appreciates knowing that she might play a role in enabling a student to attend the college who does not share her good fortunate of having her education paid.

MacLean offers the perspective of the younger generation as the Board of Trustees’ most junior member.

“It’s an honor to me,“ she says. “I’m surrounded by amazing people and am really making a difference by voting on different issues. It’s great to be in the middle of that kind of interaction.

“Being at home with my children, I don’t get those kinds of opportunities. I don’t go to work every day and am not stimulated professionally, so for me it’s definitely a great experience to see all of the opinions of other trustees. I’m learning from them in so many ways, whether it be voting on the budget, deciding where money should go, or making decisions about athletics, and I think that’s pretty cool. ”

MacLean also is a member of Lafayette Leadership Council, designed the web site for her class, and is her class’ fund manager. She is founder of The Savvy Stitch, a company that sells hand-stitched monogrammed gifts, and was founder and president of Eventive Sites, which created web sites for weddings and corporate events. That firm was incubated at Columbia Business School, where she earned an MBA in 2000.

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