The energy building around the Boise State Alumni Association is very exciting. More than any other group, our alumni have the potential to be a truly transformative force for the future of this university. And Greg Chavez (BBA, Information Science, 1985) the new president of the alumni association, knows that the Bronco pride of this group – potentially 77,000-strong – might one day move mountains.
His vision of building the Boise State alumni community to tap into that potential starts long before a Bronco becomes an alumnus/a.
“The connection to Boise State is much more than just the years that our students are here earning a degree,” Greg recently told me. “We want them to feel and understand that we embrace them as a part of this this alumni community the moment they become Broncos – long before they leave the school as a graduate.”
Greg understands that enthusiastic alumni are cheerleaders, volunteers, and our university’s most important donors. He understands that their passion for Boise State makes them our most constructive critics and greatest ambassadors. He knows that their potential for impacting the fortunes of this university has no rival and that their engagement in its future is essential.
“I love this university,” Chavez said. “The growth and a national recognition that we have seen over the past several years are extraordinary. Everyone knows about our athletics, but the pace of academic and research growth is just as impressive. Keeping our alumni excited about the university – engaged and participating in its future – will drive that momentum forward.”
A key part of his vision is the plan to build the Boise State Alumni and Friends Center, a campus home for alumni and friends to gather and celebrate Boise State that reflects their importance to the university.
Greg is proud of Boise State and feels like the sky is the limit. I couldn’t agree more and look forward to partnering with him in advancing the Alumni Association’s and the University’s success.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for university advancement at Boise State University.