Presiding from Geneva
As the first president of the University’s
Alumni Board of Governors to reside overseas, Stephanie Rada Zocco,
AB’88, director of Switzerland’s Geneva Business Roundtable,
plans to spend her two-year term highlighting “the growing
role internationally based alumni are playing in alumni affairs.”
About 11,000 of Chicago’s 135,000 alumni live outside the
United States—a number that will only increase, Rada Zocco
believes, as the University expands its undergraduate study-abroad
programs, international internships and job opportunities, and overseas
She especially hopes that the new Paris Center—joining
the GSB campuses in Singapore and Barcelona—will become a
nexus for alumni living abroad. An alumni committee is already organizing
the first European-graduate reunion, to be held at the Paris Center
in 2006. “As our world becomes a smaller place to live,”
she says, the University is “to be commended for making more
opportunities available to its students to understand and incorporate
other cultures and languages into their studies, work, and lives.”
In addition to her overseas focus, Rada Zocco,
who has served on the Alumni Board since 1999, is concentrating
on raising alumni involvement in stateside University events, volunteer
opportunities, and networking occasions for all schools and divisions.
She returns to the United States about four times a year for board
meetings and events.
During predecessor Paul A. Volberding’s
(AB’71) term, the board oversaw the new Alumni House opening
and participated in the early stages of the University’s $2
billion capital campaign, the Chicago Initiative. “By all
measures we are moving in the right direction and picking up momentum,”
she says. “I only see more of the same over the next two years.
“The University reaches out to alumni in
increasingly effective and innovative ways,” she continues.
“More alumni are connecting with the University and doing
so from their earliest days.”
Joining her will be the board’s other 20
alumni, including vice presidents Vincent E. Hillery, AB’81,
JD’84, Chicago; Eva F. Lichtenberg, AB’52, AM’55,
PhD’60, Chicago; John McGinn, AB’90, MBA’93, New
York; and Charles Schilke, AB’81, Washington, D.C.
This year’s new board members include
Brooks Dexter, AB’79, MBA’84, Manhattan Beach, California;
Mennette Larkin, AM’83, Kensington, California; Stephanie
Larsen, AM’66, Houston; Leslie Maitland, AB’71, Bethesda,
Maryland; and Stanley Pierre-Louis, JD’95, Washington, D.C.—L.S.S.