From the President...



Dear Princetonian:

The Princeton Club of Philadelphia (“PCOP”), through the support of its members and involvement of all Princetonians in the region, have made the PCOP one of the most recognized and awarded Princeton alumni associations in the country.

During the past year, the PCOP enjoyed numerous activities and accomplishments:

-    At our Annual Meeting in September, we heard from former Dean of the College Nancy Weiss Malkiel, and also presented our Princeton Club of Philadelphia Memorial Award for Academic Excellence to Jonathan Atkins ’11.

-    In May, we enjoyed an evening at Citizens Bank Park where Athletic Director Gary Walters ‘67, Women’s Field Hockey Coach Kristen Holmes-Winn, Football Coach Bob Surace ‘90, and Men’s Basketball Coach Mitch Henderson ’98 spoke and answered questions.  At this event, the W. Thacher Longstreth Scholar/Athlete Award was presented to Todd Harrity ’13, the 2011 NCAA National Squash Champion.  

-    The Alumni Schools Committee interviewed 626 area applicants for the Class of 2016, reaching out to 100% of these applicants for the 9th consecutive year.  In the most selective year in Princeton’s history, 49 of our area applicants were accepted.

-     The Princeton Women’s Network sponsored several very successful events.  The PWN has invigorated regional alumnae, increased their involvement in the PCOP, and provided networking opportunities.

-     The area branch of the Princeton AlumniCorps sponsored programs on: “Education Reform in Philadelphia,” with a panel comprised of acting Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lee Nunnery and leaders of several education programs in Philadelphia; a “Forum on Criminal Justice,” featuring a talk by District Attorney Seth Williams, and a panel discussion by several representatives of the DA’s Office; and “Princeton Global NetNight,” with Sandra Mannix P’12, a well-known legal placement professional.  

-     The Parents Committee hosted three receptions for admitted students and their parents.  The Committee is a valuable resource for incoming students and parents.

-    In the great tradition of Princeton’s commitment to civic and community service, both the Laurence H. (“Laddie”) Sanford ’45, and the John J.F. (“Jay”) Sherrerd ’52 Summer Intern Programs helped three outstanding Princeton students working for area not-for-profit organizations to finance their eight-week internships, as well as providing them with alumni mentors, networking opportunities, valuable experience and social activities.  The PCOP also, once again, spent an evening at the Ronald McDonald House, providing and serving food.    

-The local committee of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations once again selected a strong group of winners from regional high schools who have demonstrated a commitment to improving race relations in their schools or communities.

-Finally, the PCOP offered numerous other programs, events, lectures, and athletic events for members and their guests of educational, cultural, social and entertainment value. Please follow this website for announcements of our roster of events for the coming year!


Thank you very much!



Walt Schanbacher ’73 P’04