As Geneseo's reputation as a top public liberal arts college continues to grow and the college is recognized for its outstanding faculty, academics and consistently high rankings, the college is launching a national effort to increase alumni outreach initiatives and build regional networks of support for its students and programs.
"Geneseo is a great school in Upstate New York but deserves to be known coast-to-coast," said President Christopher C. Dahl. "The council will be linked to the Geneseo Foundation Board and the college's other alumni and community organizations to significantly extend the footprint of Geneseo throughout the nation."
The council is led by Chair John Gleason '87, a global financial services industry executive for more than 25 years. Serving as vice chairs are attorney Tracie Lopardi Brown '95 from the Buffalo region; financial services marketing executive Gary Grose '87 from the Chicago region; and attorney Bob Muller '83 from the Southern California region. They will oversee responsibilities covering events, communication and engagement, respectively.
Co-chairs from each of the regional alumni committees comprise the new council.
National Alumni Council members will meet on campus for the first time Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. Members will participate in work groups that will examine best practices in several areas — regional events, student internship, externship and job shadowing opportunities, and communications. In addition, action items will be established for further development of regional committees and the national council. The Geneseo Foundation and Geneseo Alumni Association boards will also meet that weekend and participate in several joint sessions.
"Formation of this council is historic for Geneseo, and I'm honored to be leading this vital alumni organization," said Gleason. "... I'm confident this new organization will seriously engage all college alumni as ambassadors for our alma mater."
The council evolved from an alumni engagement initiative two years ago to develop a national audience of Geneseo alumni in connection with Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo. It connects all of Geneseo's alumni organizations, including the Geneseo Alumni Association, and the Roundtable Athletic Association.
"The national council is intended to supplement and enhance the good work of these other organizations," said Dahl. "It will synthesize our various alumni engagement efforts to benefit the college and its students."