What is the Alumni Relations Council?

The Alumni Relations Council is a forum for professionals that engage alumni to share expertise, explore mutually beneficial partnerships, and strengthen our ability to connect alumni with each other and the university. ARC members represent 30+ schools/colleges/units and U-M’s three campuses, with expertise in a diverse set of functional areas, including alumni relations/engagement, fundraising/development, marketing, student programs, and career programs. However, we all are unified in a desire to engage more alumni in more relevant ways that strengthen and support the University of Michigan.

U-M staff can join by contacting Ayanna McConnell (ayannam@umich.edu) to be added to the email list and to receive notification of upcoming Alumni Relations Council sessions. ARC sessions are held quarterly to focus on emerging practices and innovations in alumni engagement.

Fall Session

ARC Bicentennial Meeting
Alumni Engagement in the Third Century

Thursday, Sept. 7
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Alumni Center

In honor of the bicentennial, ARC is holding very special program entitled Alumni Engagement in the Third Century. Distinguished panelists will discuss insights on maximizing alumni engagement as we move into our third century. Join us as we kick off another exciting year of ARC keynote speakers and workshops that provide opportunities to discover and apply transformative approaches to engaging alumni in support of University priorities.

Scott DeRue, Dean, Ross School of Business

With a background in private equity, management consulting, and academia, Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, is a widely published thought leader in business education and action-based learning, as well as an award-winning researcher and instructor. He believes that business is the most powerful force for economic and social impact — and it is the responsibility of Michigan Ross to develop the next generation of business leaders.

DeRue joined Michigan Ross in 2007, taking on multiple leadership roles over time. Prior to his deanship, DeRue served as the associate dean for Executive Education, professor of management, director of the Sanger Leadership Center, and faculty director of the Emerging Leaders Program. He also led the creation and launch of Alumni Advantage, a new initiative connecting Ross alumni to the school and university. Offerings include free tuition for executive education programming, access to livestreamed school events, and the opportunity to attend #ROSSTALKS, a series of global events where faculty present TED-style talks on hot-button business topics.

Prior to joining Ross, DeRue worked at the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). He received his PhD in management from Michigan State University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Andrew Martin, Dean, Literature, Science & the Arts

Andrew D. Martin is the dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. He is also a professor of political science and statistics, and he is proud to be both an educator and a student advocate.

As dean, he leads the largest academic unit at U-M. In addition to overseeing its daily work, he has led significant new initiatives for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and for scholarships and internships. He has also driven the creation of the new LSA Opportunity Hub.

As a researcher, Andrew’s expertise lies in the study of judicial decision-making, particularly with regard to the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the co-creator of the Martin-Quinn Scores, which measure the ideology of Supreme Court justices and are routinely cited by academics and leading news outlets alike. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

In addition to serving as dean, Andrew teaches courses in judicial decision-making and political methodology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He earned his B.A. in mathematics and government from the College of William & Mary and his Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.

Steve Grafton, President & CEO, Alumni Association

Steve Grafton is in his 23rd year as President and CEO of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. In this role, he ensures that the Association continually provides greater opportunities for engagement to Michigan alumni to involve them in greater levels of support for their University.

Beyond his responsibilities at the Alumni Association, Grafton has been actively involved throughout the University community, serving as a longstanding member of the Dean’s Council Development Subcommittee and for 10 years was chair of the Advisory Council for the University’s Museum of Natural History. He also served as a member of the board of the Ginsberg Center for Community Service Learning and in 2015 was a member of the Provost’s Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. In 2016, he served on the University Bicentennial Alumni Awards Committee.

Grafton is a charter member and past President of the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE). He also served on the board of trustees of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and chaired CASE’s Commission on Alumni Relations. He has been a district director and faculty member for numerous CASE conferences, an author of articles on alumni relations, and an editor of the “Handbook of Institutional Advancement.”

Before coming to Michigan, Grafton was executive director of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association. He also served as legislative director for U.S. Sen. John Stennis, D-MS. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in public policy and administration, both from Mississippi State University. He and his wife Carol have two sons, who are both graduates of the University of Michigan.

The event will be moderated by Ralph Johnson, MBA’92, Chair of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and Ombud for the Americas region, McKinsey & Company.

Ralph Johnson, MBA’92

Ombud for the Americas region at the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company. Ralph is the former chair of the University’s annual fund campaign, and also a former chair of the Ross School of Business’ Alumni Board of Governors.

Resources

Academic Impressions Webinars

Academic Impressions (AI) serves higher education professionals by providing educational products and services that help institutions tackle key, strategic challenges.

The upcoming webcasts below are free thanks to U-M’s Academic Impressions membership.

Educational Advisory Board Research

The Educational Advisory Board helps today’s education leaders solve their biggest problems.

U-M staff can access the Education Advisory Board’s digital offerings on advancement and alumni engagement thanks to support from the Office of University Development.

  • Advancement Forum – The Advancement Forum provides advancement leaders with best-practice research and analytics to retain top fundraising talent, engage alumni, and increase philanthropic revenue.
  • Alumni Volunteerism and Leadership Resource Center – This resource center is a repository of implementation guidance and insights from our 2015 research initiative, The New Rules of Engagement. It is focused on the activation of millennial and Generation X segments: those elusive mid-career alumni who will constitute tomorrow’s key donor and leader pipeline. See The New Rules of Engagement infographic for five strategies for building the next generation of alumni leaders and volunteers.

Additional EAB resources are available to U-M staff who create a profile via U-M’s membership, or in the Alumni Relations Council folder in Box at U-M.

Previous Sessions

Did you miss an Alumni Relations Council event? Or are you curious about the type of information we provide? You can download a PDF of any of the files from our meetings.

JUNE 2017: NEW RULES – STRATEGIC NEXT STEPS SESSION

Participants reviewed The New Rules of Engagement and brainstormed how to turn new alumni engagement ideas into strategic action.

May 2017: New Rules of Engagement

November 2016: Deeper Dive into Data for Alumni Relations

Meeting Recap

Professor Melville led participants in activities designed to provide a “deeper dive” into learning how data and metrics can support and amplify alumni relations. Attendees received a complimentary copy of Data Driven Nonprofits.

September 2016: How Data Can Optimize Alumni Engagement

Meeting Recap

Ross alum Peter Faricy, ’95, shared his Amazon insight at the September meeting to help attendees understand how data can optimize customer (or alumni) engagement. Professor Nigel Melville shed light on how AR teams can become more data-informed organizations. The School of Information previewed a Bicentennial App that will launch in January 2017.

April 2016: Storytelling and Creating Joy in Alumni Relations