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Letter from the President

Summer greetings from the Santa Clara University Alumni Association Board of Directors! As the Class of 2022 joins our alumni ranks this month, the circle of Santa Clara life continues on campus with a new focus on the excitingand historicyear ahead. The Class of 2026 is poised to arrive in September as the biggest and brightest class ever, and we are thrilled to welcome Santa Clara’s 30th president, Julie Sullivan, to campus. As President Sullivan joins our family, we stand with her and offer our unwavering support and collaboration to seize the countless opportunities ahead. As Santa Clara’s largest constituency, our collective alumni voice must continue to be heard and valued throughout the University administration, and we look forward to supporting President Sullivan as she embarks on the exciting years ahead.

We also extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to outgoing Acting President Lisa Kloppenberg. In a time of so much uncertainty, Lisa provided a steady hand and collaborative leadership when it was needed most. When she spoke of who Santa Clara was, it was always “Santa Clara students, faculty, staff, and alumni.” While that may seem logical, we know it has not always been the case, so we will always be grateful for her sincere interest in hearing our alumni’s voices.

The Alumni Association’s Board of Directors serves as the voice of our global alumni, supporting the key annual priorities of the Alumni Relations team. Over the past year, those priorities focused on supporting our growing network of affinity communities and the important work of providing meaningful connections for all alumni; growing mentoring and career connection opportunities for students and alumni through the roll-out of Bronco Exchange, Student & Alumni Connections; better understanding how to connect SCU students to meaningful career and mentoring opportunities; and focusing on improved engagement opportunities for our alumni, especially our young alumni.

We will continue these efforts and other key priorities and opportunities in the year ahead. Most notably, we will begin the exciting and critical work of revising the Alumni Association’s Strategic Plan, reflecting on what we have learned in the past to thoughtfully plot our direction for the next 3-5 years. This effort will include several targeted feedback opportunities from multiple stakeholders (including an all-alumni survey) that will assist in directing the Alumni Association into the future.

Our Alumni Board continues to reflect our alumni familywith diverse representation from seven states, two foreign countries (including our first-ever Board member from India), and dedicated Bronco volunteers from seven decades. We are continually presented with diverse and valuable perspectives and experiences that shape our work. We are a dedicated group with a deep passion for Santa Clara who continually represents our Bronco family well.

I am excited for the year ahead and the continued opportunity to work with our Board and talented Alumni Relations team to continue on our mission of creating meaningful, lifelong connections. Enjoy a safe and relaxing summer and, as always, Go Broncos!

Warm regards,

Scot Asher

Scot Asher, ’87
2021-2023 National President
Santa Clara University Alumni Association

Scot Asher '87

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