Dutch Barhydt '81
Dutch Barhydt '81 named
director of alumni relations
With the enthusiastic approval of Thomas Johnson '62, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Ronald Thomas, acting president of the College, Dirck “Dutch” Barhydt, Jr. '81 has been named to succeed Prescott Stewart '93 as director of alumni relations. According to Thomas, “Dutch brings a tremendous range of talent to the table. He is a terrific asset with immense good will and energy. I know he will be able to continue the job without missing a beat.”
Barhydt joined the Trinity Development Office in January 2001 as an associate director of major gifts. He came to Trinity from The Chittenden Group of Naugatuck, where he served as vice president and agency principal and was vice president for development for the Waterbury Foundation.
According to Barhydt, “I would like to be known as a good steward of Trinity's history and a connection to its future. There is great excitement at the College. Admissions continues to be strong, programs are being nationally recognized, and we are about to announce a new president. It's a wonderful time for alumni to connect and reconnect. There is so much going on here that I would like to make sure that anyone with a Trinity connection has the opportunity to share in the excitement that is Trinity today.”
Barhydt graduated in 1981 with a degree in English and is currently pursuing a master's degree in public policy from Trinity. He and his family have many ties to the College—he is the son of the late Dirck Barhydt, who was a member of the Class of 1953, and Dutch's sister, Caroline Barhydt Francis, graduated with the Class of 1984. Barhydt resides in Litchfield with his wife Hilary and their two sons, Brooks and Tyler.
His long association with Trinity (“I remember tossing a football around on this campus when I was under 10 years old.”) gives Barhydt a good perspective on what the College means to its alumni. “The constant—and I see this in visiting alums all across the country—is the sense of history and sense of pride that people take away from this place. People love to tell their Trinity stories! There's a universal pride in the institution, and I am honored to help lead the relationship between Trinity and its alumni. The College's strength and heart is its people, and I am indeed fortunate to work with our alumni around the country, as well as the members of the Trinity community here on campus.”
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