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A Welcome from the New Alumni Board of Governors Chair, Amish Desai '03

Fellow Drexel Alumni,

It is my distinct honor to serve as chair of the Drexel University Alumni Board of Governors for the next two years, alongside our new vice chair, Corina Lam ’10.

Our past chair, David Kaganovsky ’95, leaves very large shoes to fill. David provided a steady hand during a period of major transformation for our board and has placed us in a wonderful position for future success. David, you were a tremendous leader for our organization, and I know that you will remain an active member of our board. I look forward to your continued leadership and friendship.

In addition, a few long-time board members recently concluded their service. I would like to thank Rich Blumberg ’84, Dean O’Brien ’12, Larry Lehmann ’72 and Tony Noce ’80 for their energy, effort and leadership. You all have contributed so much to your alma mater, and without question, have left your mark on our entire alumni community. I also extend a welcome and congratulations to our newest members Marshall Fleming ’11, Ashish Joseph’12, Karla Trotman ’15, and Valerie Tutwiler ’13, ’17. I look forward to working with you all during the next two years and beyond.

Looking ahead, I am most excited for the opportunity to interact with so many Dragons, when the celebration of the 100th anniversary of co-op kicks off in September. The co-op program drew me to this University so many years ago, and it was absolutely crucial in helping me launch my career. I have come to know that my experience in that way is not unique. I look forward to hearing and sharing your stories with our broader alumni community and celebrating the many wonderful employers whose efforts make this program possible.

During my term, I also hope to further honor Drexel's commitment to being the most civically engaged university. Our alma mater’s history is rich with examples of service to our local communities and to the nation at large and our alumni add to this legacy every single day. The board will be making a concerted effort to promote and grow the impact of these service initiatives - let us flex the collective muscle of our 150,000 alumni and work toward leaving everlasting imprints on the local and global communities in which we learn, work and live.

Finally, to all of our wonderful students (and future alumni!), this board will be strategizing ways to interact with you more frequently and directly in the years to come. Through sponsored activities, service projects, affinity groups and career and professional development resources, our organization looks forward to expanding the ways in which we support you.

Stay tuned!

Amish B. Desai ’03
Chair, Alumni Board of Governors