Sam Welch ’86 has been appointed director of Hamilton’s Career and Life Outcomes Center. A native of Upstate New York, Welch graduated from Hamilton with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in economics. Over 25 years he built a career in marketing, communications and advertising, acquiring extensive strategic and personnel leadership experience, and establishing a track record of building teams and understanding the needs of diverse stakeholders.
Most recently, Welch was global group president for Publicis Heathcare Communications, the world’s largest health communications network, overseeing 13 companies and nearly 2,000 employees worldwide. As the head of a company that recruited, interviewed and hired numerous college graduates every year, Welch has direct experience with the needs of employers, as well as the challenges students face in securing a position in their chosen career.
Welch has also been a highly effective volunteer for Hamilton since his graduation, serving as a leader for the Class of 1986 annual giving campaigns and Reunion activities, as well as working with Hamilton students through the Career and Life Outcomes Center. Last year, he chaired and hosted the Career Center’s “Communications Day” in New York, an opportunity for students to explore careers and network with Hamilton alumni.
Welch’s candidacy emerged during a national search to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Mary McLean Evans ’82.