Alumni Board members

Alumni Association Board

The Alumni Board has thirty active members and functions as the executive branch of the Alumni Association. The board currently has representation from five fraternities and three sororities and represents nine states. The members meet formally three times a year, typically September, February and May, and have several projects on which they work year-long. They are instrumental in planning Homecoming, assisting the Career Services Department in placing graduates, supporting the advancement efforts of the college, promoting alumni-student relationships and assisting with admissions efforts in their home areas.


The Hillsdale College Alumni Association was organized in 1865 some twenty years after the founding of the College and immediately following the Civil War in which Hillsdale students and graduates had played such an important part. All graduates of Hillsdale College, as well as all students who completed four semesters at the College, are considered members of the Association.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Association is to organize the alumni of Hillsdale College, to promote the development and maintenance of a mutual bond between the alumni and the College, to keep the alumni fully informed of College activities and operations, to represent the alumni on matters affecting the College, to help maintain and raise the standards of the College, to aid in the enrollment of new students, to promote goodwill between the alumni and college administrators, trustees, faculty, staff and students, and to encourage all alumni to tangibly support the College to insure its growth.

Alumni Association Board

Executive Officers

Kerry Donovan Cummings, ’77, KKG

Vice President
Neal Cole, ’07

Carla Citrano Spielman, ’95, CO

Immediate Past President
Marianne Rotole, ’95, KKG


Doug Behnke, ’80, DTD

Sydney Delp Gurnee, ’16, KKG

Richard R. Danforth, ’79, DTD

Joe Buick, ’88, ATO

William Clayton, ’10

Emily Stack Davis, ’05, KKG

Mark Donovan, ’75 TKE

Dan Englert, ’05, SC

Andrew Fink, III, ‘06

Rich Frank, ’74, TKE

T. Elliot Gaiser, ‘12

Dave Grieco, ’79, ATO

Jobi Parrish Hasse, ’93, KKG

Austin Holsinger, ‘10

Tyler B. Horning, ‘06

Andrew Kaplan, ’85, SC

Randy Keefe, ‘16

Scott Keenan, ’07

Rick Kucera, ‘76

Anthony Manno, ‘14

Claudia Menton, ’77, PBP

Kathleen Gray Rhinehart, ’76, KKG

Dwight Silva, ’05, SC

Karlwin Taylor, ’93, DSP

Erin Davis Valdez, ‘01

Evelyn Brady Watters, ’90, CO

Honorary Members

Ronda Doane Deer, ’60, XO (Historian, non-voting)

Greg McLogan, ’88, SC (Historian, non-voting)

Thelma Mullin Sim, ’57, PBP (non-voting)


Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Colleen McGinness, ’04

Manager of Alumni Events
Ashley Sallows

Executive Director of Career Services
Ken Koopmans

Director of External Relations for Athletics
Jeffrey S. Lantis, ’86

Alumni Operations Manager
Renee Roth

Assistant Director of Alumni Giving
Erica Pickvet

Alumni Staff Assistant
Stephanie Shepherd

Assistant Director of Student and Young Alumni Giving
Fiona Shea, ’18

Professor of Classics, Faculty Liaision
Dr. Jospeh Garnjobst

Professor of History Harris Chair, Faculty Liaision
Dr. Thomas Conner

Joining the Alumni Board

Serving on the Alumni Board can be a busy yet fulfilling experience. Alumni board members are elected to serve up to two consecutive four-year terms, attending three meetings yearly plus hosting Homecoming. If you are interested in being considered for a seat on the board, please complete an Alumni Board Application and return it to the Alumni Office.

Currently, there are just under 15,000 living Hillsdale College alumni. If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Board (or know of an alum who is), please feel free to contact the Alumni Office for more information.

Membership, Structure, and Terms of Office

The Alumni Association Board consists of 30 elected members, four of whom are officers. Members may serve for two consecutive 4-year terms. The Board meets three times per year and members may be asked, as they are available, to attend other campus and off-campus events from time to time.

The Executive Committee of the Alumni Board consists of the four officers plus the Alumni Director. Board members serve on one of the three standing committees: Career Services, Development, and Homecoming & Reunions. Ad hoc committees are also formed from time to time to address special issues as they may arise.

In addition to the elected members of the Board, there are also several ex officio (non-voting) members consisting of former Board presidents, Alumni Office staff, faculty representatives, and other College staff from various departments with whom the Board regularly works (Career Services, Advancement, Athletics, and so on). Additional appointed alumni may serve on committees of the Board but may not vote or otherwise participate in formal Board meetings.

Apply for Membership

Any graduate of the College may apply for membership to the Alumni Association Board.

Applications are to be submitted via email to the Alumni Office at [email protected] . Board vacancies are filled via election by sitting Board members, typically at the Homecoming meeting of the Board with terms of office to begin at the following (Winter) meeting.

The deadline for submission of an application is August 1.