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1889 Council

In keeping with the spirit of Beloit’s first athletes, the entrepreneurial vigor evidenced in our founding and mission, as well as the shared commitments college-wide to preparation and outcomes, the college set forth a new athletic board, The 1889 Council, in September 2013.

The 1889 council serves the College and department of athletics and recreation by: building support for the department and its mission; assisting with efforts to recruit and retain student athletes; promoting opportunities for alumni and community engagement and networking and; funding strategically important projects that advance the department’s goals and efforts to create the best possible student athlete experience. The members support athletics through their time and personal philanthropy consisting of an annual lead gift, typically $2,500, plus their annual support of the College’s Beloiter Fund.  

Members participate in conversations surrounding long-term and annual strategic goal planning, serve as leaders in promotional and fundraising initiatives, engage with the Beloit Career Network, assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes, and share their talents with various committees.

WHY 1889?

1889 CouncilThe 1889 Council derives its name from a signature moment in the College’s rich history—the establishment of Beloit’s formal athletics program and its simultaneous alignment with, and service to, the college’s mission. A shared commitment to intellectual engagement, rigorous practice, diversity, and strenuous preparation has distinguished both college and program since that seminal event and year. 


Mission-driven, purposefully supported
Beloit student-athletes have long been exemplars of the college’s mission. They have been expected to lead lives of purposeful consequence; to do as well as come to know; to balance the rigors and rewards of practice, training and competition with the demands of the classroom; to succeed and even to fail in both arenas, but to do so with dignity; and to answer either outcome (victory or defeat) with reflection and resolve. 

The stories of those who have benefited from and brought benefit to this program and to these commitments are the stuff of legend. The names that line the Hall of Honor are but the most visible examples. 

Through their hard work, dedication and competition, Beloit’s student athletes have been given the unique opportunity to apply their in-classroom learning with experiences that promote self-discipline, teamwork, leadership and self-confidence---personal qualities and intellectual skills that contribute to the College’s goal of graduates who, do indeed, live lives of purposeful consequence.

Founded in 1846 to serve a frontier society, Beloit College is Wisconsin's first college. A four-year, independent, national college of liberal arts and sciences, Beloit offers a world class and world-referencing education that encourages independent research, fieldwork, and collaboration with peers and professors.  The mission begins and ends with students.

“Beloit College engages the intelligence, imagination, and curiosity of its students, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives marked by high achievement, personal responsibility, and public contribution in a diverse society. Our emphasis on international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the integration of knowledge with experience, and close collaboration among peers, professors, and staff equips our students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully.”


Learn more about the 1889 Council and our work, and inquire about joining us by contacting Bill Flanagan or Dave DeGeorge.

Bill Flanagan, Headshot
Bill Flanagan, Executive Advisor to the President; former Dean of Students

Dave DeGeorge’88, Baseball Head Coach; Assistant Director of Athletics for Development/Alumni Relations