Transitioning to Alumni Relations
Jan 1, 1972
421 N Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL, USA
Well, one of the things that inspired me to move over to alumni programs was that I knew so many of them, graduates. That was sort of natural. Plus, I was tired of the road running. Admissions people are on the road six months out of the year. You know, pretty regularly. Living out of a suitcase, that gets old after a while. Plus, being away from home, you know. I knew so many of the alumni, because not only did I recruit a lot of them to Stetson, but I had met other alumni while I was working at Stetson who would come back for homecoming. I had a good relationship with a wide range of Stetson alumni, and it just seemed like a natural to me. I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed both positons, and I guess probably the root of that is my love for Stetson. I think I could have been a janitor at Stetson, and been happy. I probably wouldn’t of been happy with my salary, but I would have been happy being a part of Stetson.
One of the easiest parts of that transition was that I had admitted a lot of those people to Stetson. I knew many of them. I knew many of the names even though I couldn’t still associate names and faces, and of course as you know, people change. How people looked as a freshman or a sophomore and 20 years later they were quite different. But one of the interesting things to me were how many of the names I remembered, not that I could spout them out, but “Oh yeah, that’s John Smith,” you know, “Or Mary Johnson,” and, “Oh yeah, Mary was a cheerleader, and she was a very active Alpha Xi Delta. Yeah, I remember her.” But the transition was very easy because of that. I had seen their files and dossiers. I had taken their files to the admissions committee, and watched them grow up at Stetson. Now, I’m not trying to pretend that I knew them all, but that was an easy transition, because I had seen their dossier when they applied to Stetson. I could put name and face together.