In 2011, we established an Alumni Board to facilitate and strengthen relationships among the department's students, faculty, staff and alumni through programming for students and alumni, career networking, and fundraising for department scholarships and endowments. The board consists of 15 departmental graduates (plus the prior year's board president) selected from among the three undergraduate majors in political science, public administration, and international affairs. Each year there is a call for nominations for new board members. The current board reviews the nominees and selects new members to serve for a term of three years, with the possibility of serving one additional consecutive three-year term. 

View Board Member Biographies

In early spring each year, the board seeks nominations (including self-nominations) for membership. Review membership expectations here.

For an example of the career development programming and other activities organized by the board, see the board's 2020 annual report.

The board currently organizes its work with an executive committee and three standing working committees:

  • Student Outreach Committee
    The Student Outreach Committee spearheads programming for student-focused activities through coordination with faculty.

  • Alumni Engagement Committee
    The Alumni Engagement Committee connects and strengthens the relationships among alumni and between alumni and the department through networking opportunities, develops programs to facilitate such opportunities, and promotes fundraising goals and activities through outreach.
  • Fundraising Committee
    The Fundraising Committee promotes and develops giving opportunities and strategies for department scholarships and endowments by working closely with the department and with University Advancement.

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