School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0125
The Alumni Council is a diverse group of individuals representing every Fuqua decade and program.
The 2012-2013 Alumni Council of the Fuqua School of Business.
Visit our Alumni Council roster to see who is currently serving on the Alumni Council.
Mission of the Alumni Council
The Alumni Council of The Fuqua School of Business is a representative group of alumni from The Fuqua School of Business whose members are charged with the following mission:
- Communicate Fuqua's activities, priorities, and intellectual resources to external constituents. As ambassadors of the school, Council members seek opportunities to engage alumni, friends, and third parties to strengthen the institution. They proactively share updates on the state of the school and identify opportunities for Fuqua to gain exposure among prospective students, recruiters, professional centers and the media.
- Represent the interests of the alumni population to the Dean and staff. As representatives of their classmates and fellow alumni, they advise on issues that impact current students, Fuqua graduates, and the school's reputation. They are expected to bring to the attention of the school's leadership both opportunities that will strengthen the institution and issues that may diminish its partnerships with stakeholders.
- Advance the work of the Council through service to current initiatives. As active participants in biannual meetings and through regular communication in intervening periods, they serve on Council committees, task forces, or advisory boards depending on the current needs and activities of the Council. They propose and evaluate actions that enhance the well being of Fuqua alumni. With other members and with staff, they maintain an ongoing cycle of feedback and input on issues of relevance to the school.
- Build the institution through leadership. They are considered first-stop constituents to participate in key alumni activities such as class reunion committees, local club initiatives, international outreach, alumni events, and fundraising. Individually, they are financial donors at a leadership level. Their activities may be in direct support of the Dean, the faculty, or one of the administrative offices of the school. They are considered liaisons to their class and key partners in identifying and soliciting other potential volunteers.
Selection of Council Members
Invitations to serve are made by the Dean, and the standard term appointment is three years. Nominations are collected and reviewed annually by the Alumni Council Chair, Vice Chair, and the Development & Alumni Relations (DAR) leadership team (known as the "Membership Committee"). Members are selected because of their significant individual contributions of time, talent, or capital and because of their desire to commit additional resources on behalf of the institution. Candidates may nominate themselves or may be nominated by others, including, but not limited to, classmates, other Fuqua alumni, and Fuqua faculty or staff.
In considering potential new members for the Council, the Membership Committee looks for individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Fuqua, have demonstrated leadership in their professional careers, and who have a clearly demonstrated passion for the ongoing success of Fuqua and its graduates. The Membership Committee always will seek a highly diverse Council, as Fuqua celebrates and values diversity. It will seek representation on the Council that best reflects the demographic make-up of the alumni base across all of the degree-granting programs of the School (Cross Continent MBA, Daytime MBA, Duke Goethe MBA, Evening Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, Master of Health Administration, and Weekend Executive MBA).
Council Member Responsibilities
Council members are expected to participate in two meetings of the Council each year in Durham, NC, usually in April and October. Should an individual be unable to attend, s/he is expected to inform the Chair of the Council or the Director of Alumni Relations in writing prior to the meeting.
Members should expect the School and Council leadership to ensure productive and meaningful interaction at Council meetings and during the intervening periods. Meetings should provide a balance of social and business opportunities and are geared to create a strong sense of ownership in the future direction and success of the School.
Council members cover the cost of their travel to the school and of their room accommodations. Fuqua covers all other costs of their activities during the Council meeting and any related events. Travel and related expenses may be tax deductible for such volunteer activities.
Members actively support the fundraising efforts of the School by understanding Fuqua's requirements for philanthropic support and advocating for gifts to Fuqua from alumni, corporations and foundations. Council members are expected to be active donors to the School. They are expected to give at the leadership level of at least $1,000 per year.
Renewal of Membership
After the initial three year period of service, individuals may be asked to serve for an additional two years if their participation and activities merit continued membership. This is left to the discretion of the Membership Committee.
When reviewing whether or not to renew the terms of Council members, the Membership Committee shall consider the current composition of the Council and other factors such as:
- Does the individual help the Council achieve its mission?
- Has the individual attended 100% of the Council's biannual meetings?
- Does the individual consistently support the Annual Fund at least at the leadership level ($1,000 per year)?
- Does the individual actively participate and give constructive advice to the Council leadership and to Fuqua's Office of Development and Alumni Relations?
- Does the individual attend Fuqua events, such as regional club activities during the year, leadership donor receptions and class reunions?
- Does the individual participate in events of interest to students, faculty, or alumni such as panels, symposia, or regional residencies?
- Does the individual serve as an ambassador for Fuqua and promote the institution to prospective students, MBA employers, and other business entities?
- Is the individual available as a resource for Fuqua staff or students interested in working in his/her industry or firm?