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Arnold Named Senior Director, Alumni and Family Engagement

“Bill joins a talented, dynamic and energetic team that is committed to building an enduring culture of engagement and philanthropy at Alma College.” — Matt vandenBerg

William “Bill” Arnold, a 1991 Alma College graduate with more than 25 years of higher education experience, returns to his alma mater as senior director of alumni and family engagement. His appointment is effective Aug. 21.

“We are fortunate for the opportunity to welcome Bill back home,” says Matt vandenBerg, vice president for advancement. “Bill joins a talented, dynamic and energetic team that is committed to building an enduring culture of engagement and philanthropy at Alma College. As an alumnus, researcher, educator and leader, he is well versed in engaging the full range of on- and off-campus constituents. His thoughtful approach to strategic challenges, program evaluation expertise, collaborative work style, and commitment to excellence made him shine in our rigorous national search.”

Arnold has served in a variety of enrollment and student services leadership roles, including as associate dean of students at Alma College from 1996-98. Most recently, Arnold was the coordinator of the graduate certificate program in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education at Michigan State University, where he is also currently an assistant professor of higher, adult and lifelong learning.

“Through the years my connection with Alma has been sustained by relationships with faculty and staff, teammates, fraternity brothers and classmates,” says Arnold. “I am thrilled to return to Alma College and look forward to the opportunity to harness the talent and generosity of the college’s alumni and friends in ways that can benefit every current and future student.”

Arnold will organize and manage college-wide efforts to build and strengthen relationships and partnerships with alumni, families, community members and other constituencies. His office is also charged with managing and enhancing the Alma Ambassador Program, the college’s award-winning effort to supports and promote volunteer engagement. Arnold and his team will seek to engage even more individuals to assist with student recruitment efforts, professional networking activities and the promotion of college programs and messages. He also will plan and execute such major events as homecoming and partner with the Alumni Association Board, Parent Board and Student Alumni Association.

Arnold holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise and Health Science from Alma College, a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Story published on July 31, 2017