Colby-Sawyer Board of Trustees Elects Bernard Botchway ’15 as Newest Trustee

The Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees has elected Bernard Botchway ’15 of Charlotte, N.C., as its newest trustee. Botchway began his three-year term July 1.

After graduating from Colby-Sawyer with a bachelor’s degree in history and political studies in 2015, Botchway went on to the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill, N.C., earning a juris doctor degree in 2018. He currently works as legal counsel for Bank of America in Charlotte.

“As a young black man, I look forward to presenting diverse viewpoints on matters affecting the college and helping drive its continued growth,” said Botchway, who is originally from Accra, Ghana. “I bring with me recent experiences and a connection with the college that I hope will add value to the stewardship process.”

While at Colby-Sawyer, Botchway served as president of the Student Government Association and was also a resident assistant. His academic success earned him induction into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, and he was awarded the Barbara J. Stearns Award his senior year in recognition of his leadership and dedication to the college community.

Botchway’s dedication to others has continued during his professional career, as evident through his volunteer service as an associate fellow for the Royal Commonwealth Society – a London-based network of individuals and organizations committed to improving the lives and prospects of citizens across the world. Botchway is also a lieutenant in the Boys Brigade, one of the largest Christian youth organizations in the United Kingdom.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bernard to the board and look forward to the diverse perspectives and ideas he brings with him,” Chair of the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees Lisa Hogarty said. “Bernard exemplifies everything we hope the college’s graduates represent through his outstanding leadership and volunteerism. He will undoubtedly assist us in our efforts to guide Colby-Sawyer as it continues to evolve as an institution.” Botchway is eligible to serve as a Winton-Black Trustee – alumni three to nine years removed from the college who serve up to three, one-year terms – but was elected as a full trustee per the recommendation of the Board Organization and Trusteeship Committee.