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Letter From the Executive Director

A lot can change in 30 years: Ratsie’s to Nandos, the Rendezvous to Cornerstone, the old Cole Field House to the new Cole Field House. Just as College Park has transformed over the years, so has the University of Maryland Alumni Association.

Thirty years ago, we started in one room at the Rossborough Inn. Today, we operate from the state-of-the-art Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, your home here on campus.

We got our start in 1986, when the Maryland General Assembly realized the unique nature of our land-grant mission and allowed each institution to create its own Alumni

Association. Thus, we began with a commitment to serving College Park’s graduates. Today, we maintain that commitment, serving more than 369,000 alumni in Maryland and around the world.

Alumni are more connected to their alma mater than ever: 26,000 Terps participated in Alumni Association’s programs last year. We’re providing more opportunities than ever before for alumni to connect by region, affinity or industry. Plus, we’re setting the stage for success among the next generation with a broader student reach, thanks to our award-winning Student Alumni Leadership Council.

Our 30th anniversary is a chance to acknowledge what we’ve accomplished and an opportunity to look forward. For the past two years, the Alumni Association Board of Governors, made up of our strategic leaders and ambassadors, has served under the excellent leadership of President Kirk Bell ’88. He passes the reins to Jim Spencer ’90 on July 1.

Professional networking. Mentoring. Traveling the globe. Meeting fellow alumni, in person and online. These are just a few of the ways that I pledge to continue linking alumni back to the institution that changed their lives for the better. Here’s to the next 30 years of uplifting and celebrating Terps.

Amy Eichhorst

Executive Director

University of Maryland Alumni Association

30 Reasons to Love Your Alumni Association

We are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, and you’re invited to the party. We’re marking the milestone at events throughout the rest of 2019 and offering discounted membership rates as low as $30 a year! Here are our top 30 reasons to be a part of it all:


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