Alumni are important at St. John’s, and keeping them connected
to the University and each other has always been a major priority.
Recent administrative changes have been instituted within the
Office of Alumni Relations to ensure that our more than 168,000
living alumni will have even greater opportunities for engagement
in the months ahead.
Heading the team is Scott A.
Williams, recently named Associate Vice President for Alumni
Relations. No stranger to St. John’s, he previously worked at the
University in a variety of positions during the late 1990s,
including Assistant Coach of the Football team, Assistant to the
Director of Alumni Relations and Development Officer. Prior to
assuming his current position, he was Senior Managing Director at
Changing Our World, Inc., an international fundraising and
philanthropy consulting firm.
In his new position, Williams provides oversight to the Office of
Alumni Relations as it seeks to further the University’s
relationship with its alumni. One of his priorities is to increase
St. John’s connection to graduates living outside of New York. He
is also committed to strengthening the programs and initiatives
already in place that keep our local alumni connected to the
University and each other.
“Our alumni are diverse in nature, and we need to provide programs
and services that really give them an opportunity to participate in
activities that they feel are exciting and are conducive to their
interests,” he said. “We’re looking to expand our services to our
regional alumni by having an Assistant Director of Chapters, who
will develop programs, create alumni boards within geographic areas
and work with those boards to create activities and programs that
will enable those regional alumni to be more engaged with St.
John’s. We want to create very comprehensive programs for our
alumni, no matter where they live.”
Williams is also planning to focus his attention on the
University’s young alumni, particularly those who have graduated
within the past 10 years. He acknowledges that although the demands
of beginning a career and possibly starting a family frequently
combine to consume much of their time, they need to be reminded of
the many benefits available to alumni of all ages.
“It’s critical that we have programs for our young alumni that are
geared towards the graduates of the last decade,” he remarked. “We
want them to have opportunities to attend networking events where
they can meet with older alumni who might be able to help them
advance their career. We want our alumni to be connected from the
moment they leave St. John’s and to stay connected for life.”
Sharing administrative responsibility for the implementation of
future alumni initiatives is Mark Andrews, who has
been appointed Director of Alumni Relations. Andrews began his
career at St. John’s in 2006 as Assistant Director of Annual
Giving, and most recently served as Associate Director in the
Office of Alumni Relations, where his major focus was on academic
programming and the specific needs and interests of various alumni
Andrews has always been impressed with the level of loyalty that
exists within so many members of the alumni community, and looks
forward to doing whatever he can to make their connection to the
University and each other even stronger.
“I want to be able to provide the utmost service to our alumni,”
he said. “I want to be out with our alumni at the event level.
Personally, that’s where I find I can have the kind of impact to
communicate our mission, to update alumni about the University and
its status and to explain how important it is that they stay in
touch with St. John’s. Our alumni believe in the University and its
mission, and that spans all generations, from the people who went
to school on our Lewis Avenue campus in Brooklyn to those who’ve
graduated just a few years ago. I’ve always loved interacting with
these special people, and I’m looking forward to doing even more
for them in the future.”