The ABG is an advisory board whose mission is to assist the Alumni Association in strengthening bonds within and between WashU alumni and the Washington University family.

The ABG, comprised of individuals from a variety of schools, class years, and backgrounds, serves as a voice for the more than 150,000 graduates that make up our global network. The work of the board complements that of other volunteer organizations, such as the Alumni and Parents Admission Program, the Regional Cabinets, National Councils, the Reunion program, and Alumni Networks. Together, the board’s efforts continually strengthen and expand the vibrant alumni community and ensure an ever better future for WashU.

ABG volunteers pose for a picture
The Alumni Board of Governors in Washington University’s Knight Hall.
Expectations for Members-at-Large and Associate Members
  • Attend meetings that may be held on-campus or virtually. The Alumni Board of Governors will host two on-campus meetings, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. Virtual meetings may also be held occasionally throughout the year. Board members are encouraged to attend the annual Founders Day celebration which is held in conjunction with the board’s fall meeting, typically in November. During Founders Day, the university and the Alumni Association honor WashU’s distinguished alumni, outstanding faculty, and most treasured friends. Members of the ABG executive committee assist in the selection process of the Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Awards which are presented at the event. Although professional, personal, or family commitments may periodically conflict, members are expected to make a concerted effort to attend meetings.
  • Commit to an annual gift of a personally meaningful amount, to any area of the university.
  • Participate actively in board working groups and task forces. Members will have the opportunity to select from four working groups each year. Working groups typically meet virtually two to three times between October and March.
  • Inspire other alumni to connect to and engage with the university, their communities and each other as well as promote the benefits of volunteering for the university. Board members should be familiar with all Alumni Association programs and volunteer opportunities. Board members may be asked to provide updates at regional events and volunteer meetings.
  • Seek feedback from fellow alumni on university programs and priorities and share feedback with university leaders.
  • Serve as active ambassadors of WashU, promoting the school to current and prospective students.
Criteria for membership
  • A record of volunteer service to and/or engagement with WashU
  • Ability and willingness to give time and resources
  • History of financial commitment to the university
  • Associate members should be under the age of 35 or ten years since graduation at the time of nomination
  • Members-at-Large are appointed for one three year-term which can be renewed once.
  • Associate members are appointed for one three-year term which cannot be renewed.

For more information

Susan CohenAssociate Vice Chancellor, Engagement and Annual Giving