As we approach the new millennium, the Alumni Association is truly in a unique position to recognize and participate in the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead.
Historically, we are a young and relatively "new" university. As we approach the new century, we have many advantages, not the least of which is the unprecedented growth now enjoyed by the university.
Our association has established strong relationships with the university. We continue to add new chapters. Geographically, these include the Richmond, Va., Chapter, the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area Chapter, and an interest group in Atlanta, Ga.
Growth on the alumni side is matched by growth of the university staff. We have a new President of the GMU Foundation, Judy Jobbitt. She will contribute tremendous experience and enthusiasm to the university.
After a long and exhaustive search, we have found a new director of Alumni Affairs: Christine Clark-Talley. She brings a positive outlook that knows no bounds! She will be supported by Andy Ackley and Carole Richardson, both of whom have already done an incredible job for the association. In addition, two new assistant directors will be hired for the Alumni Affairs Office.
I am proud to have the opportunity to serve as your new president. My goal is to build on the successes of my predecessors. I hope to work with the board to develop a strategic plan that will serve us well in the new century. I will strive to provide many opportunities for you, the alumni, to join us in making this vision a reality.
Jeffery M. Johnson