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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 selected from among the three undergraduate majors in political science, public policy & 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. 

For brief biographies of the current 15 board members, click on the profiles link.

In early spring each year, the board seeks nominations (including self-nominations) for membership. For a discussion of membership expectations, click here.

For an example of the career development programming organized by the board, click to see the fall 2017 Alumni Day on campus held on Nov. 10, 2017,

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

    • Sierra Stanczyk, President
    • Ashley Burgess, Vice-President
    • Tom Culligan, Past President
    • Shevy Chaganti, Secretary
    • Nicole Hrusovsky, At-Large Member
    • Jon Keller, Faculty Representative
    • Chris Blake, Faculty Representative
    • David Jones, Faculty Representative
    The Student Outreach Committee spearheads programming for student-focused activities through coordination with faculty.
    • Sean Lowry, Chair
    • Shevy Chaganti, Exec Representative
    • Jason Goodfriend, Board Member
    • Susan Atkinson, Board Member
    • Al Willner, Board Member
    • Chris Blake, Faculty Representative
    • Peyton Peay, Student Member
    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.
    • Jamie Lockhart, Chair
    • Ashley Burgess, Exec Representative
    • Collin Lee, Board Member
    • Georgette Sierra, Board Member
    • Judith Quintal-Baron, Board Member
    • David Jones, Faculty Representative
    • Josh Humphries, Government Relations
    • Olivia Jarell, Student Member
    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.
    • Jamie Miller, Chair
    • Tom Culligan, Exec Representative
    • Sierra Stanczyk, Exec Representative
    • Amanda Andere, Board Member
    • Nicole Hrusovsky, Board Member
    • Jessica Adolino, Faculty Representative
    • Melinda Adams, Faculty Representative
    • Michael Speight, Development
    • Shannon Shevlin, Student Member

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