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Why I Volunteer

Jeff Rosenkranz on Brookings quad
Jeff Rosenkranz, BSBA ’84

​Jeff Rosenkranz, BSBA ’84

Executive Vice Chair, Alumni Board of Governors
Member, Chicago Regional Cabinet Former Co-chair, Class of 1984 Reunion Executive Committee

Why do you volunteer for Washington University?

I had a great experience as a student at Washington University, and I want to give back to the institution that gave me so much. I also have a very strong belief in education. A solid education is the foundation for success — both professionally and personally. Also, I credit the university with helping me find my wife, Lisa, who earned her BSBA from Washington U. in 1982. So, on many levels, it is important to me that I support the university, which is an outstanding institution.

What do you enjoy most about your current volunteer roles?

I enjoy the people. I have had the opportunity to interact with a terrific group of individuals — from staff to other alumni. Most important, I have met and worked with current students during the past number of years. I am always impressed by the intelligence and compassion of the student body. They not only make me proud to be an alumnus, but they also remind me why I volunteer.

What advice would you give to alumni who are considering volunteering at the university?

There are many entry points for interaction with the university — not only in St. Louis, but all over the country and the world. Whether it is through the university clubs or regional programs, learning and service opportunities abound. For example, you can interview prospective students through the Alumni and Parents Admission Program or provide externships for current students. The key is to visit the Alumni Association website and find volunteer opportunities with the university that feel good to you.

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