Join the Alumni Board
The Alumni Board self-nomination period is closed. The self-nomination period typically is mid-October to early November.
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 Five seats are reserved for master’s or doctoral alumni, and for one alumni from our bachelor’s program. Terms last for three years.
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 Alumni Board). 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 3, 2020, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with dinner to follow and Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8 a.m.-noon. The Fall meeting 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. If you are eager to be involved, we encourage you to submit a self-nomination when the period opens in Fall 2020.
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.
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