Prior to my taking office as the Alumni Association of NJIT president, I was fortunate to have served on the President’s Task Force on Alumni Relations. As its name implies, it was a multi-faceted group of alumni, faculty and staff assembled to assess the status of the university’s alumni relations and to make recommendations on its improvement. As an alumnus since 1978, I was not surprised that the task force noted that alumni relations, while improving over the last few years, were not as robust as might have been. That said, it recognized that the situation was improving and developed a plan to provide increased opportunities for alumni to be involved with the university and vice versa. The report has been accepted by NJIT president, Bob Altenkirch. I invite and encourage all to review the report which can be found at: www.njit.edu/alumni/organization/alumniassociation/docs/Alumni_Task_Force_Report_.pdf
In general, it establishes a plan to unite the various cohort groups that have developed over the years to fill the alumni relations void under the overall umbrella of the Alumni Association of NJIT. Those cohort groups would be represented on an alumni council, from which the leadership of the Alumni Association will be elected. The Alumni Association benefits through increased engagement of alumni and the respective cohort groups receive enhanced resources, while still maintaining their identity and original function.
I welcome receiving any comments that you might have as the Alumni Association continues with its transition into the structure identified in the task force report.
Joe Stanley, ’78, ‘85
President, Alumni Association of NJIT