Julie Cheney is president and chief executive officer of the Florida State University Alumni Association. Cheney has spent 19 years as an alumni relations strategist, having also worked in the alumni associations of the University of Georgia, the University of North Carolina, and Coastal Carolina University. Cheney’s wide-ranging résumé includes oversight of programming, fundraising, budgeting, student leadership and the management of volunteers and boards.
In her previous role as executive director of Alumni Relations at Coastal Carolina University, Cheney contributed to an increase in CCU’s alumni giving by 35 percent through the implementation of best practices, staff education and goal setting. Prior to that, she served as senior director of alumni operations, among other roles, at the University of Georgia Office of Alumni Relations from 2007 to 2017. During her tenure, UGA experienced explosive growth in fundraising and a jump in national rankings — an environment similar to FSU’s present circumstances. In addition, she worked in membership services at the University of North Carolina General Alumni Association from 2000 to 2003.
Cheney’s involvement with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education — the organization of university advancement and alumni professionals — includes service on the CASE District III Conference Planning Committee and as a judging coordinator and roundtable panelist. She was named a “Stellar Speaker” from 2012 to 2017.
Cheney holds two degrees from the University of Georgia: a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and a Master of Education in human resource and organizational development. In addition, she has completed doctoral coursework in organizational development and higher education at UGA, studying the changing landscape of alumni relations and advancement work.