With the start of the New Year, Boise State and its alumni have a new champion on campus.
Estevan Andrade, the new executive director of University Advancement’s Office of Alumni Relations and the Boise State Alumni Association, brings a new and focused perspective to our efforts to make each and every Bronco a Bronco for life. I’m excited about how his 20 years of experience as an engagement professional will take our efforts to build lifelong relationships with our alumni – including nearly 75,000 living graduates – to new levels.
Our alumni engagement efforts are extraordinarily important to the future of this university. We look to our alumni to be Boise State’s greatest ambassadors, most constructive critics and important donors. Estevan’s leadership and experience will help our alumni bring their vision for the future of their alma mater to bear. With his guidance, our growing networks of passionate, engaged alumni will continue to build momentum and influence to propel Boise State’s dynamic mission forward.
Estevan will work closely with the members of the Boise State Alumni Association and its leaders to build that organization’s programming and alumni networking opportunities, including the more than $114,000 in student scholarships it provides and growing its membership rolls. He also will oversee the final planning stages for the university’s new Alumni and Friends Center, a very exciting new home for Broncos from all generations.
Estevan comes to us from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where he worked as director of alumni engagement and was successful in building a strong alumni network, creating new web-based tools for alumni leaders and working closely with alumni donors.
This is also a homecoming of sorts for Estevan and his family. During the 1990s, he and his wife were local business owners and started their family here; and he began his career as an advancement professional through a local faith-based organization.
These are exciting times for this university and I’m very pleased that our alumni have a new advocate who will help them build the Boise State of tomorrow.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.