Jennifer Neubauer named president of UI Alumni Association

Jennifer Lewis Neubauer has been named president of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

A 1982 graduate of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Neubauer will have a dual role as president of the UI Alumni Association and associate vice chancellor for alumni relations at the U of I at Urbana, effective July 15 pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on July 13.

Early in her career, Neubauer served as a development associate with the University of Illinois Foundation. Most recently, she was assistant vice president of alumni relations & executive director for the Ohio University Alumni Association. In this role, she oversaw an alumni association that serves 220,000 graduates from six campuses; established a strategic vision for the organization and implemented tactical plans; and employed innovative tools and techniques to better engage both alumni and students. Under her leadership, the Ohio University Alumni Association received 19 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) awards for excellence in alumni and student programming. Previously, she served in roles at the Indiana University Alumni Association, Georgia State University Alumni Association and Carnegie Mellon University, where her responsibilities included overseeing a capital campaign, annual strategic planning process, alumni communications and membership programs.

“The University of Illinois has always been present in my life,” said Neubauer, who is the first woman to hold a permanent president position of the UI Alumni Association. “I can think of no greater honor or privilege than to come home and practice the profession I love at my Alma Mater.”

“Jennifer has a wealth of experience in alumni relations and a strong passion for the University of Illinois,” said UI Alumni Association Board of Directors Chairman Bill Stratton.

“Jennifer is an experienced alumni relations professional who has seen the U of I System as a student, as an alumna and as an employee early in her career,” said Timothy Killeen, president of the U of I System. “She is an ideal choice to build on our already deep connection with nearly 711,000 graduates around the world, and seize on their collective talents and passion to move our great Universities forward. I am delighted by her appointment.”

Retired University of Illinois administrator Douglas Beckmann is currently serving as interim president. UI Alumni Association Board member Bill Forsyth led the search committee, which was composed of Board members and University staff.