Alumni Board members

Alumni Association Board

The Alumni Board has thirty active members and functions as the executive branch of the Alumni Association. The board currently has representation from five fraternities and three sororities and represents nine states. The members meet formally three times a year, typically September, February and May, and have several projects on which they work year-long. They are instrumental in planning Homecoming, assisting the Career Services Department in placing graduates, promoting alumni-student relationships and assisting with admissions efforts in their home areas.

History

The Hillsdale College Alumni Association was organized in 1865 some twenty years after the founding of the College and immediately following the Civil War in which Hillsdale students and graduates had played such an important part. All graduates of Hillsdale College, as well as all students who completed four semesters at the College, are considered members of the Association.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Association shall be to organize the alumni of Hillsdale College to promote the development and maintenance of a mutual bond between the alumni and the College, to keep the alumni fully informed, to reflect the views of the alumni on matters affecting the College, to help maintain and raise the standards of the College, to aid in the enrollment of new students, and to encourage all alumni to tangibly support the College by developing programs to ensure its continued growth.

Alumni Association Board

Executive Officers

President
Patricia L. Rooney, ’77

Vice President
Marianne Rotole, ’95

Secretary
Kerry Donovan Cummings, ’77

Immediate Past President
Joel R. Schellhammer, ’01

Members

Ron Berli, ’69
Career Services Team

Neal Cole, ’07
Career Services Team (Co-Chair)

Richard R. Danforth, ’79
Development Team

Emily Stack Davis
Homecoming and Reunions Team

Mark Donovan, ‘75
Homecoming and Reunions Team

Will Dunham, ‘07
Development Team

Dan Englert, ’05
Career Services Team

Andrew Fink, III, ‘06
Career Services Team (Chair)

Rich Frank, ’74
Development Team

Jonathan Graham, ‘06
Development Team

Dave Grieco, ’79
Homecoming and Reunions Team

Austin Holsinger, ‘10
Career Services Team

Tyler B. Horning, ‘06
Career Services Team

Andrew Kaplan, ’85
Development Team

Scott Keenan, ’07
Development Team (Co-Chair)

Rick Kucera, ‘76
Development Team (Chair)

John “JT” McFarland, ‘96
Development Team

Greg McLogan, ’88
Career Services Team

Claudia Menton, ’77
Homecoming and Reunions Team (Co-Chair)

Stephen P. Rentschler, ’78
Homecoming and Reunions Team

Paul Schlatter, ’72
Homecoming and Reunions Team (Chair)

Carla Citrano Spielman, ’95
Homecoming and Reunions Team

Karlwin Taylor, ’93
Homecoming and Reunions Team

Erin Davis Valdez, ‘01
Career Services Team

Steve Veno, ’77, DTD
Homecoming and Reunions Team

Honorary Members

Ronda Doane Deer, ’60

Thelma Mullin Sim, ’57

John C. Lauria, ’95  (Ex-Officio)

Staff

Director
Grigor Hasted, ’74

Manager of Alumni Events and Records
Nan Hoberg Laser, ’78

Director of Alumni Volunteer Engagement
Colleen McGinness, ’04

Director of Career Services
Joanna James Wiseley, ’76

Director of External Relations for Athletics
Jeffrey S. Lantis, ’86

Eastern Region IA Director, Kirby Center Liaison
Craig Kreinbihl, ’09

Professor of Classics, Faculty Liaison
Joseph Garnjobst

Professor of History, Harris Chair, Faculty Liaison
Thomas Conner

Joining the Alumni Board

Serving on the Alumni Board can be a busy yet fulfilling experience. Alumni board members are elected to serve up to two consecutive four-year terms, attending three meetings yearly plus hosting Homecoming. If you are interested in being considered for a seat on the board, please complete an Alumni Board Application and return it to the Alumni Office.

Currently, there are just under 14,000 living Hillsdale College alumni. If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Board (or know of an alum who is), please feel free to contact the Alumni Office for more information.

Membership, Structure, and Terms of Office

The Alumni Executive Board consists of 30 elected members, four of whom are officers. Members may serve for two consecutive 4-year terms. The Board meets three times per year and members may be asked, as they are available, to attend other campus and off-campus events from time to time.

The Executive Committee of the Alumni Board consists of the four officers plus the Alumni Director. Board members serve on one of the three standing committees: Career Services, Development, and Homecoming & Reunions. Ad hoc committees are also formed from time to time to address special issues as they may arise.

In addition to the elected members of the Board, there are also several ex officio (non-voting) members consisting of former Board presidents, Alumni Office staff, faculty representatives, and other College staff from various departments with whom the Board regularly works (Career Services, Advancement, Athletics, and so on). Additional appointed alumni may serve on committees of the Board but may not vote or otherwise participate in formal Board meetings.

Apply for Membership

Any graduate of the College may apply for membership to the Alumni Executive Board.

Applications are to be submitted via email to the Alumni Office at alumni@hillsdale.edu and must be received at least 45 days prior to an election. Board vacancies are filled via election by sitting Board members, typically at the Homecoming meeting of the Board with terms of office to begin at the following (Winter) meeting.

The deadline for submission of an application is August 15.

 

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