The Role of the Modern-Day Alumni Association (Ep 25)

In July of 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Morrill Land Grant Act as a sweeping effort to create agricultural colleges across the United States.  In 1890, a full 17 years before Oklahoma was to become a state, the institution now known as Oklahoma State University was established in Stillwater, OK.

Chris BatchelderIn December 2015, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Chris Batchelder, President & CEO of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association. In short, this interview was a lot of fun.

While the conversation begins with some context of the current state of Oklahoma State University today (27,000+ students; huge influx of out-of-state enrollment; excitement, and so much more), we quickly dove deep into the role of the modern-day alumni association.

The primary role of any alumni association is connection.  For those of you who have heard me speak, attended one of my leadership workshops, or regularly listen to the podcast, you have heard me say time and again that “connection” IS the most important skill every person should master.

Here’s just a few highlights from the interview:

  • How alumni associations can partner with the athletic department of their school to do more than just ask for money
  • the new travel partnership exclusively for OSU Alumni Association members (www.okstatefantravel.com)
  • The unique role (and signficant differences) of university foundations, athletic departments and alumni associations
  • How alumni associations are serving the career transition needs of seasoned employees (not just recent graduates)
  • so much more!

The OSUAA is alive and well with over 105 active chapters and “watch party” groups serving it’s base.  Did you know that 80% of Oklahoma State alumni members live within 50 miles of an active group?

Are you active in your own Alumni Association?  What is your experience with Corporate Alumni Groups?  How do YOU stay connected with others who have a common, emotional bond to a time or place?  We want to hear!  Share your stories and associations below!

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