STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut Foundation has agreed to take over the role of the school’s Alumni Association, which folded under pressure from university President Susan Herbst.
The Journal Inquirer reports that officials at UConn and the foundation said the move will give members of the Alumni Association increased services without a membership fee. It takes effect April 1.
The UConn Alumni Association had more than 12,000 members. It handled the university’s outreach to the university’s more than 230,000 alumni, organizing events and providing services for networking, mentoring and career advancement.
Herbst said the Alumni Association retained a membership of less than 8 percent of the school’s alumni despite nearly $13 million from the university. She said it failed “to engage a meaningful population” of alumni.
The Alumni Association voted last month to dissolve.
Information from: Journal Inquirer, http://www.journalinquirer.com
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