Leadership Academy Energizes Alumni Leaders

For the second year, more than 50 National Alumni Association officers, local chapter presidents and class agents met at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Charlotte during Homecoming for a day of leadership training. The group ranging from the class of 1948 to the 2000s represented Virginia, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, Miami and Chicago.

Dr. Ronald L. Carter explained the changes on the higher education landscape while pointing out the need to be strategic in finding new avenues and resources. He also asked alumni leaders to help tell the JCSU story in compelling ways that generate support for the University. 

Ron Matthews ’78, director of alumni affairs, challenged the group to reach a 100 percent participation goal by giving to the University before June 30, 2014. In addition, National Alumni Association President Grover Smith ’70 announced this year’s alumni fund raising goal of $1 million. 

Sharon Harrington, assistant vice president for institutional advancement, updated the group on the progress of the University’s comprehensive campaign, Tomorrow is What WE Make It, which has raised $96 million toward the $150 million goal.

The day included a panel discussion on best practices for alumni leaders with moderators Mattie Grigsby ’48, Johnny Headen ’77 and Robert Ridley ’99.

Special guests at the academy included four members of the JCSU Concert Choir, and student members of the Pre-Alumni Council. Trustee Monroe Miller, chairman of the Board, Trustee Shirley J. Hughes, vice chair of the Board, and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Joy Paige also attended the academy to thank participants for their leadership and support of JCSU.