January 27, 2015 12:53 am


Ryan Catherwood hosts a conversation about the State of Alumni Engagement in 2015 featuring Jade Bressington, Deputy Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Birmingham, in the U.K, along with Keith Lue, Executive Director of the Alumni Association at BYU, JT Forbes, Chief Executive Officer at the Indiana University Alumni Association, and Jeff Schanz, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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Episode Host

Ryan Catherwood

Ryan Catherwood

Ryan Catherwood is the Assistant VP for Alumni and Career Services at Longwood University. Prior to joining Longwood, he was the Director of Digital Strategy in the University Advancement office at the University of Virginia. His work is dedicated to strategies that utilize events, crowdsourcing, inbound and content marketing, email marketing and social media community management in order to drive alumni and student engagement, participation, connections, networking, volunteerism and giving at Longwood University.


J. Thomas Forbes

CEO of the Indiana University Alumni Association. Developer of a wildly useful, seriously fun global network of Indiana University alumni who back one another and their alma mater throughout their lives. Innovator in the movement to enhance and sustain the legacy of alumni giving, leadership, and service to the promise of universities in making a better world.


Jade Bressington

Deputy Director of Alumni Relations at the University of Birmingham in the U.K.  Responsible for developing, planning and managing the alumni relations strategy and team as well as being the first point of contact for any College wide projects and initiatives. Jade is focussed on developing relationships with senior alumni who are able to support the ambitions of the College in a voluntary capacity.


Keith Lue

Executive Director of the Alumni Association at Brigham Young University. Keith worked as the manager of staff training and development and then assistant director of career services at Utah Valley University before joining the Alumni Relations staff at BYU in 2006. A Microsoft award-winning top contributor, Keith loves a good challenge. He receives great satisfaction from innovation and continuous improvement.


Jeffrey M. Schanz, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a development and alumni relations professional with nearly twenty years of experience in university and college advancement. Jeff works closely with the President, university leaders, volunteers, and alumni in establishing philanthropic and engagement activities for development and alumni relations while helping Rensselaer meet its fundraising targets.


Ryan Catherwood

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