New Troy University committee seeks to connect with young alumni

Posted: Wednesday, 29 July 2009

TROY—The Troy University Alumni Association is taking steps to better engage the University’s young alumni, including the formation of a new council designed to connect with those under the age of 35.

The Young Alumni Council will function under the auspices of the University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors and will be chaired by alumnus Carl Cole of Decatur. Cole will serve as a non-voting member of the TROY Alumni Association’s board.

“The Young Alumni Council will help us serve those TROY alumni 35-years-old or younger,” said Faith Ward, director of alumni affairs. “We certainly want to see our membership continue to grow and this council will help us better connect with an important segment of our alumni population.”

The Young Alumni Council recently held its first meeting and is working to develop a mission statement, Ward said.

Serving on the Council with Cole are: Alison Scott Wingate and Todd Mote, both of Montgomery; Joe Hutto and Derrick Brewster, both of Troy; and Paul Perry of Birmingham.

In addition, the Alumni Association is beginning a Student Alumni Association, which will engage current students and provide a free t-shirt and a one-year free Alumni Association membership once the students graduate.

Ward said the Student Alumni Association will enable the University’s Alumni Association to start building important and lasting relationships now.

“Our current students are our future alumni, and it is never too early to start building those relationships,” Ward said. “By engaging them early, students will become familiar with the Alumni Association and its benefits and learn the important role their participation plays in the continued growth and success of Troy University.”