National search planned for Alumni Relations leader
July 12, 2007
By Mary Alice Casey
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations Ralph Amos, who has led the Ohio University Alumni Association since 1998, has accepted the position of assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations and executive director of the alumni association at UCLA.
Vice President for University Advancement Howard Lipman, whose unit includes Alumni Relations, said he will conduct a national search for Amos' successor.
"While this is a wonderful opportunity for Ralph, I know all members of the 'Bobcat Nation' will miss his leadership and enthusiasm," Lipman said.
He noted several of Amos' accomplishments on behalf of the university's more than 180,000 living alumni, including expanding the role and reputation of the Ohio University Alumni Association Board of Directors; enhancing events and services offered by the association staff; developing and implementing a strategic plan; and overseeing the creation of Vision OHIO ALUMNI, a plan for the future of the association that complements the Vision OHIO academic plan.
Amos officially became a Bobcat in 2004, when he earned his master's degree in public administration from Ohio University. He also holds a bachelor's degree in international studies from Ohio State University, where he worked as that alumni association's assistant vice president for marketing before joining Ohio University.
Amos said his decision to leave Athens didn't come easily.
"I love Ohio University. I love the vision, the direction. One of the reasons I came here was its alumni," Amos said, noting the affection Ohio University graduates have for their alma mater. "In the alumni profession, you can't buy love."
Amos said he is proud his tenure saw the growth of the alumni association's traditional programs, such as chapters and societies, as well as increased opportunities for alumni to advocate for the institution. He also noted improvements in alumni communications that have come with the transition to Ohio Today magazine and the introduction of The [College] Gate newsletter, OHIO Alumni monthly e-newsletter and The [Gateway] networking community.
"We have a group of staff members who get up every day and work to move the institution forward for our 180,000 alumni," Amos said.
Asked what he hopes every graduate knows about Ohio University, he said, "Their engagement and participation in the life of the institution at whatever level makes a difference."
In his new role, Amos will lead the UCLA Alumni Association, a volunteer-driven organization of more than 84,000 alumni and friends that serves the larger community of 360,000 living alumni, and oversee other alumni relations efforts.
Amos will be on campus through July; he begins work in his new post Aug. 9. Until a permanent or interim successor is named, individuals may contact Connie Romine, associate executive director of alumni relations, or Lipman.