November 18, 2010

New Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Named

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Case Western Reserve University announced this week the appointment of Christopher J. Vlahos to the position of associate vice president for Alumni Relations. Vlahos fills the role being vacated by Dan Clancy, who is retiring after nearly a half-century of service to the university.

Vlahos has most recently held the position of president and executive director of the University of Arizona Alumni Association, where he oversaw key initiatives geared toward connecting the university and its 220,000 alumni.

“Case Western Reserve University is highly regarded, and I am excited to be part of a great leadership team,” Vlahos says.  “I am looking forward to engaging the over 100,000 alumni across the globe, as well as connecting our students with opportunities the Alumni office can provide.”

Vlahos will be responsible for the oversight of the Alumni Relations staff and Alumni House. He will work directly with schools, affinity groups and other campus stakeholders to build programs that engage all alumni.

Case Western Reserve Vice President for University Relations Lara Kalafatis says building and sustaining relationships with alumni is a key priority for the university.

“Our alumni are an essential part of the Case Western Reserve family,” Kalafatis says. “Chris will continue and expand on our efforts to keep our relationships strong. We’re very excited about the experience and ideas he will bring to Alumni Relations.”

Vlahos comes to the university with extensive alumni relations experience. At the University of Arizona, he partnered with the university’s career services center to create an innovative alumni career network, a comprehensive online career advancement resource for students and alumni. He also worked closely with the university’s office of admissions to develop the Alumni Student Recruitment Program, which engages alumni in reaching out to prospective students.

Before his tenure at the University Arizona, Vlahos was vice president of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, where he successfully worked to grow membership. He has extensive background in marketing and advertising, having served as a senior vice president at Lord, Sullivan and Yoder Marketing Communications Inc. in Columbus for more than a decade.

Vlahos holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at OSU, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

He begins at Case Western Reserve on Jan. 4.

Posted by: David Wilson, November 18, 2010 09:14 AM | News Topics:

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