On March 1, Chris Carter '97, MA '02 was appointed director of the newly renamed Office of Alumni and Volunteer Engagement (forerly Alumni Relations). Carter will lead the College's efforts in alumni and development event programming and coordinate major volunteer initiatives.

"Chris brings the vision and enthusiasm the College needs to advance our alumni and volunteer programs," says Keith Brant, vice president of advancement. "He has excellent relationships with alumni volunteers and campus colleagues."

Carter, who has worked at the College since 2003, was most recently the associate director for alumni relations. He was responsible for the reunion programming (garnering record attendance over the last three years), and was the lead organizer last year for the 50th anniversary re-enactment of the famed 1959 phone booth stuffing.

"We really want to raise the bar and take the alumni experience to the next level," Carter says.

Carter's goals include offering a wider variety of quality events, forming partnerships with stakeholders on campus and with alumni and steering the alumni board of directors into a more strategic role.

Carter and his wife, Katie '97, were married in the Chapel and live in Pleasanton with their three children. Carter says they are all future Gaels.

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