Join the Alumni Board
Vote in the 2016 Alumni Board elections! Alumni received an e-mail with a link to the ballot. If you did not receive an e-mail with a link to vote, please contact Elisabeth Johnston, alumni relations manager, firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the candidates' statements.
Each fall, the Ford School issues a call for Alumni Board nominations. You can put your name on the ballot for one of six open seats by submitting your self-nomination via an online form. Five seats are reserved for master's or doctoral alumni, and one for alumni from our bachelor's program. Terms last for three years. This term would run from January 1, 2017-December 31, 2019. If you are interested in joining the board and would like to learn more, a conference call will be held to answer your questions on October 25. Email Elisabeth Johnston at email@example.com if you would like to participate in the conference call.
What is the Alumni Board? The Alumni Board is comprised of eighteen alumni and two student representatives who support a variety of Ford School activities, including career services, student recruitment, and fundraising (see board roles and activities). In recent years, Alumni Board members organized Worldwide Ford School Spirit Day events, provided feedback on the school’s new website design, supported student internships, and conducted mock interviews, resume reviews, and office hours with current students.
What are the Board responsibilities? Board members serve as the “goodwill ambassadors” of the Ford School, making themselves available as a resource to staff and students throughout the year. Board members are expected to serve on at least one of the Alumni Board committees (alumni engagement/visibility, elections/nominations, fundraising, and student engagement) and support Alumni Board giving initiatives for Ford School students. Members are also expected to attend meetings twice a year in Ann Arbor, once each in the fall and spring. Members cover their own travel expenses for meetings; these travel expenses are tax-deductible as a service to the school. The spring meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017, which coincides with the University of Michigan Bicentennial events (meeting activities on Thursday, April 6 /or Saturday, April 8 may be added). The fall meeting date is TBD.
What expertise and experience does the Alumni Board need? We’re always looking for enthusiastic leaders from a variety of policy fields and graduation years to join the Alumni Board. Highly functioning board members are available, responsive, and engaged.
Who is eligible to serve on the Alumni Board? Candidates must have a minimum of two years of professional work experience, as determined by the nominations committee, prior to the nomination deadline.
Need additional information about board activities and responsibilities? Contact the nominations/elections chair, Olushola Samuel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Elisabeth Johnston with your questions.