Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News
The University of Kansas Alumni Association announced today the resignation of association President Kevin Corbett, effective July 31, 2015. Corbett, who has led the KU Alumni Association since 2004, has accepted an executive vice president position with Affiliated Builders Group (ABG) headquartered in Edmond, Okla.
“Kevin has been a great asset for the KU Alumni Association,” said Board Chair Rick Putnam. “His contributions were numerous, and as a result of his hard work and dedication, the Alumni Association is on extremely solid ground.”
In the last 10 years, the Association’s annual programs and events have grown from 70 to more than 400 worldwide. Each year, more than 50,000 alumni and friends participate in association activities, and 80 percent of these events highlight KU academic programs, student recruitment, or networking opportunities for alumni and current KU students. The Association’s Presidents Club donor program, created in 2006, now boasts more than 500 annual members whose support has helped fund the organization’s unprecedented growth. Membership in the Association has grown from 38,000 to more than 42,000.
“Under Kevin’s leadership, the KU Alumni Association has expanded programs to engage an increasing number of alumni in the life of the university, and it is a vital partner as we enhance the national reputation of KU,” noted Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the alumni of my alma mater, the University of Kansas,” said Corbett. “I am proud of the progress made during my time with KU, and believe that even greater things are on the horizon.”
Heath Peterson, Vice President of Alumni Programs, will serve as interim president to ensure a seamless transition while a search is conducted. Peterson joined the KU Alumni Association in 2005 and has been instrumental in re-establishing the Association’s presence throughout the state by recruiting a great cross-section of volunteers and spearheading the development of a number of alumni programs.
The Association’s board has established a search committee and initiated the search process.