FSU Alumni Association

President and Chief Executive Officer Search

The Florida State University Alumni Association (“the Association”) invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of President and CEO. The successful candidate will be an innovative and dynamic leader capable of inspiring and engaging Florida State University’s (“FSU”) alumni base in supporting the University’s strategic goals and mission.

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Position Summary

The President and CEO of the FSU Alumni Association reports to the Vice President for University Advancement and will be accountable to the FSU Alumni Association’s National Board of Directors for delivering on its strategic initiatives in serving as the senior alumni relations executive for Florida State University. In this role, he or she is responsible for all programs linking the membership of the Association with the University and works to increase membership, manages the Association’s finances, leads the Association’s dedicated staff and volunteers, and provides direction to the Association’s many programs and component parts. The President and CEO is the senior strategist responsible for planning, leading, and executing FSU’s approach to its more than 350,000 alumni. To serve the alumni effectively, the President and CEO oversees a staff of 23 and manages a current annual budget of approximately $4 million.

In addition, the President and CEO is responsible for the enfranchisement of the entirety of the FSU alumni body as well as its other key external constituencies. To this end, the President and CEO will work closely with colleagues from across the University – including the University President, his senior leadership team, deans and other senior administrators. The President/CEO serves as a member of the University Advancement senior management team along with the senior executive officers of Seminole Boosters, the FSU Foundation, and the FSU Real Estate Foundation. The President and CEO works with all of these University stakeholders to advance the Alumni Association’s and University’s priorities. Among these priorities are advocacy, programs to benefit current alumni and students, the development of lifelong relationships, ongoing connectivity with the University, and strong social networks with alumni nationally while helping to foster a spirit of philanthropy among alumni toward FSU.

The President and CEO of the Association will first and foremost be a leader in word and deed. A person of unquestionable integrity, he or she will possess the essential qualities needed both to lead and to embody the alumni program and what it represents – the symbiotic relationship between a great university and its key external constituencies. To this end, the President and CEO will be a person comfortable with and exceptionally skilled at engaging diverse audiences, from the first-year student to the President, from the most recent graduate to the captain of industry, from the junior staff person to the most distinguished member of the faculty. Through a combination of personal presence, outstanding communications skills (including especially the ability both to captivate a large audience and to listen carefully), and a passion for the institution and the profession, the President and CEO will motivate, inspire, educate, inform, and engage both internally and externally.

Seldom if ever in the history of the University has FSU been more ideally poised for creativity on the part of its alumni operations. With a visionary strategic plan in place, a National Board of Directors firmly in a progressive mode, and an exceptional President and university leadership team, FSU is ripe for new ideas and exciting initiatives. The President and CEO will find an environment in which the traditions of the past are honored but the programs and approaches of the present afford the opportunity for enhancement and innovation.

Application Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current resume and a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submission of materials via email is preferred. Nominations should include the contact information of the nominee.

In accordance with the State of Florida’s open records laws, all applications and letters of interest will be made public.

Application materials should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Will Gates, Partner
Salvador Venegas, Senior Associate

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601

Email: apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com, refer to code “FSUAA-President” in subject line.

FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf

Search Committee

Steve Pattison – Committee Chair

Past Chair, FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors

Tom Jennings – Committee Vice Chair

Vice President for University Advancement, Florida State University

Carolyn Egan

General Counsel, Florida State University

Eric Friall

President, Black Alumni Association Board of Directors

Maura Hayes

FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors

Mark Hillis

Florida State University Board of Trustees

Myrna Hoover

Director, The Career Center, Florida State University

Andy Jhanji

Executive VP, FSU Foundation

Craig Lynch

Immediate Past Chair, FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors

Sandra McMandon

FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors

Max Oligario

Chair, FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors

Pam Perrewé

Professor of Business Administration, Florida State University