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Alumni Network Board Expands

Kenneth Reed '71

The Alumni Network Board of Directors, an advisory board to RIT’s alumni relations program, will be expanded to 25 members. Selected from a wide spectrum of graduation years and geographic areas, the members of the board represent the voices of more than 86,000 RIT alumni.

Kelly Redder, alumni relations executive director, reports that the decision to greater reflect RIT’s alumni population was unanimous. “We’re all excited about the prospect of bringing more active alumni into the program development process,” she says.

The Alumni Network Board of Directors has numbered between 12 and 15 members for the last few years. The Board voted to expand their membership to a minimum of 25, with additions coming from the nominating committee as well as from President Simone and the college deans.

“Dr. Simone helped considerably by appointing alumni, faculty and staff representatives to the board,” shared Don Naylor, chair of the nominations committee. “RIT is one of the largest employers of graduates in the area and they will provide a unique perspective on our alumni programming,” he continued. Deans from each of the eight colleges, with assistance of their alumni relations and development officers ,recommended alumni for board membership.

“We are very interested in providing representation for RIT’s special interest or ‘affinity’ groups,” states Ken Reed ’71, president of the Alumni Network Board of Directors. Alumni who participated in fraternities, sororities, athletics, in minority groups and student leadership organizations also will have a seat on the board offering suggestions for targeted population programming.

Along with expanding the total membership of the board, Redder announced the creation of a new committee structure. Membership benefits, communications, regional programs and reunion committees have been formed in addition to the existing executive and nominations committees.

“Our program focus is shifting and we need alumni input to succeed,” says Redder. “These committees will serve as the focus groups to help send us in the right direction.” Redder estimates that the expansion process will continue through the academic year and will be completed by the July 2002 meeting.