Portrait of Thomas C. Leppert ’77 by Justin Clemons Photography

The Claremont McKenna College Board of Trustees recently appointed Thomas C. Leppert ’77 a life trustee.

Leppert, who was elected mayor of Dallas in 2007, was a Claremont McKenna regular trustee for more than two decades. 

Black and white photo of Adam Wight ’00 and Sherry DeLauder Wight ‘00's CMC wedding party

Did you meet your spouse or partner as a student, or perhaps later at a CMC reunion, or via another chance encounter? We want to know the story, sparks and all! Please share your story by emailing

For inspiration, here are a few CMC love stories.

Photo collage of Maddie Hall '14 and Lydia (Yancan) Li '13

Two CMCers made the Forbes Under 30 lists this year. Entrepreneur Maddie Hall ’14 was the featured headliner for the Science List, and investment professional Lydia (Yancan) Li ’13 appeared on the Energy List.

Students at the Soll Center for Student Opportunity

CMC’s Class of 2020 has overcome two gigantic hurdles: a global pandemic and record unemployment.

Even while facing these unprecedented conditions, CMC graduates landed positions with leading firms, including Microsoft, Accenture, and Apple, which are among the top employers of CMC’s newest alumni. Additionally, several Class of 2020 members were admitted to elite graduate programs, including Columbia and Stanford Universities.

Impressively, median salary numbers also increased for the graduates, who reported an earned median salary of $76,750.

Steve Bullock '88 P’24
5C Giving Tuesday Logo

Claremont McKenna College is partnering with the 5Cs – Pomona, Pitzer, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd – for #GivingTuesday, an annual global celebration of generosity, to encourage philanthropic support and celebrate all of the #ClaremontConnections between the institutions.

From one-of-a-kind classes to extracurricular student groups, CMS Athletics to mentorship opportunities by a faculty or staff member at the 5Cs, collaboration and learning is integral to the Claremont College culture.

CMC ROTC flag bearers at celebration

Upon graduating from CMC’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program, Lindsay Burton ’19, Hunter (Ash) Ashburn ’17, and John Marshall ’16 immediately launched their careers as officers in the U.S. Army.

“The view of a snowy Mt. Baldy on a sunny day,” was among the many reasons to love CMC

During this year’s 1946 Challenge, we asked a simple question: “What do you love about CMC?” More than 2,000 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and parents enthusiastically responded with an engaging array of answers.

And, while everyone has their own reason to love the College, a cohesive theme emerged: CMCers truly love their tight-knit community.

Randall Lewis '73 P'10 P'11 P'13

Claremont McKenna College’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship now bears Randall Lewis’s name in honor and recognition of the real estate industry leader. Lewis '73 P'10 P'11 P'13 was celebrated recently for his loyal commitment to the College.

“The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is the perfect home for Randall’s name,” said CMC trustee Jim McElwee ’74 P’12, Lewis’ classmate and longtime friend.

Evans at 2009 CMC ITAB

Divya Vishwanath ’11 is reminded of Barton “Bart” Evans ’70 every time she introduces herself to someone new.

“I still say: ‘My name is Divya Vishwanath’ versus ‘I am Divya Vishwanath,’” she said, recalling guidance Evans provided on how to make the best impression in a professional setting, which included how to shake hands and where to place your name tag. “Bart would always say, ‘You are more complex than a simple name.’ He was intentional and wanted you to think about how to do well with every detail of who you are.”