University Report 2016-17

Alumni Association Unveils Five-Year Strategic Plan

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What does the Saint Joseph’s University Alumni Association have in store for its more than 67,000 members through the next five years? Let its new strategic plan guide the way.

The plan is the result of a meaningful collaboration between University staff and the alumni association’s National Alumni Board, interviews with University and alumni leadership, data collected from an all-alumni survey, and a benchmarking of the vision and strategy with similar and aspirational institutions.

“Most importantly, creating and maintaining a robust and empowered network of volunteers will be central to our success,” says Tom Monaghan, assistant vice president for alumni relations. “With our large and diverse alumni community, volunteers are essential to ensuring their fellow classmates have opportunities to engage with each other and SJU, regardless of location, profession or stage in life.”

Putting the plan into action immediately, the alumni association intends to collaborate with the Career Development Center on professional exploration topics, launch a regional program to spotlight alumni and faculty, revamp the reunion experience, grow volunteer-driven philanthropy, and institute a formal welcome to the alumni association for graduating seniors.

Serving as a resource for colleagues and volunteers who join efforts to engage SJU alumni all over the world, the plan will be implemented across the University and throughout the alumni leadership structure. The strategic themes will direct University alumni-related tactics, alumni relations staff activity, and volunteer leadership structure and efforts.

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Alumni Association Strategic Goals
  • Expand specific programmatic
    opportunities for alumni
  • Enhance the overall engagement of alumni within regional and affinity networks
  • Further integrate philanthropy into the alumni relations enterprise
  • Increase the number
    of alumni engaged
    with SJU