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Advancement Legends Podcast: Jay Dillon

How do you put together a new alumni relations team? How do we know when our alumni networks are thriving? How can we use data and metrics to inform our strategies? These are all questions the University of San Francisco's Jay Dillon addresses in a recent episode of Advancement Legends. Jay has become a leader in tracking engagement in the higher ed space, but his path into alumni relations is anything but ordinary. From community college to UCLA drum major...

Advancement Legends Podcast: Dan Lugo

How does a first-generation college student from Long Island end up at a small, liberal arts college in Minnesota? (4:23) How does a sports and entertainment lawyer in New York City end up becoming a higher education thought leader at liberal art institutions around the country? (14:25) Get ready for the interesting story and background of Colby College's Dan Lugo. Lugo's second career started back with his alma mater, Carleton College, in admissions (17:15). Learn how his...

Advancement Legends Podcast: Patrick Auerbach

How does a spirit squad member at UCLA ended up being the top alumni officer at crosstown rival USC? That’s the story of Patrick Auerbach and how he climbed through the ranks of women’s basketball to eventually end as a Trojan leading one of America’s top alumni programs. Auerbach stepped out of his comfort zone when he left Los Angeles as a grad student and had his life changed by legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summit. The chance...

Advancement Legends Podcast: Mike Goodwin

When you think of the Advancement field in the Pacific Northwest you think of Oregon State’s Mike Goodwin. Goodwin’s experience with his college newspaper at the University of San Francisco lead to a drive to explore higher education and administration. Goodwin’s career started at a new Catholic high school in the Seattle area and that’s where he found that power of CASE (9:00). Learn from his early career lessons and what it was like to...

Advancement Legends Podcast: Andrew Gossen

No one could ever accuse Cornell’s Andrew Gossen of not being an early adopter. After an educational journey that took him from Princeton to Harvard to a brush with Gaelic culture, Gossen wanted to explore what it was like to create something. He first got that opportunity at his alma mater when he began spearheading Princeton’s alumni travel programs (18:00). His role grew and by 2007 he was one of the first on the scene with leveraging...