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Alumni Board Seeks New Members for 2011-2013

Alumni Board

Looking for ways to reconnect with your alma mater? Interested in helping make key decisions about programming and outreach to your fellow Eagles? Bailey Kasten, SPA/BA ’05, was and now she says, “Serving on the AU Alumni Board has been one of the best opportunities ever presented to me.”

The Alumni Board is currently accepting applications for the upcoming 2011-2013 term. Any graduate of AU, whether undergraduate or graduate, is encouraged to apply. Here are the details:

  • Each term of office lasts two years, and each member can serve up to two consecutive terms.
  • Board members must attend four meetings in D.C. per year, and serve both as stewards to and for the general alumni body.
  • Members are also expected to represent the board at AU alumni events, positively promote the university, and support AU with an annual, tax-deductible gift of $1,000 or more. (Contributions and matching gifts can be designated to any university fund or program and can be fulfilled in monthly, quarterly or annual installments.)

While the nominations process for the board is extremely competitive, membership is quite rewarding. Members play an active role in guiding the efforts and initiatives of the Office of Alumni Relations and serve as regional, national, and international AU ambassadors.

“For me, being a part of the board is just one more way that AU has changed my life,” says Kasten. “I have been welcomed by both AU staff and by the existing board members, and I have made some great networking and mentoring contacts – all of it while serving an institution I love! I am honored to represent other alumni to the university and to share what's going on at AU with alumni.”

Applications are due October 1. Once the nominations committee reviews the applications, a slate of nominees will be submitted to board president Brian F. Keane, SPA-SOC/BA ’89, for approval and appointment. New board members will assume their responsibilities in January 2011, following a welcome dinner at the President’s House.

“Volunteering as a board member is a great way to get involved and give back to AU,” says Sandra Walter-Steinberg, KSB/BSBA ’86, chair of the Nominations Committee. “If you've been attending AU events, mentoring students, or supporting the Annual Fund, now is the time to consider using your professional talents in a leadership role that has its own rewards, including working with a diverse and accomplished group of alumni who all believe in AU's role as an educational leader.”

To nominate yourself or a fellow alum, submit an application and a current resume by Friday, October 1, 2010, to Raina Lenney, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations at lenney@american.edu; fax it to 202-885-5962; or mail to Office of Alumni Relations, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20016-8002.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Vander Linde at 202-885-5968.