Alumni Club of Chicago Board application

Alumni Clubs are volunteer-driven organizations that reflect alumni—no matter where they live. Through the activities of chapters, we are able to engage and connect with a higher number of alumni than Alumni Association and the Alumni Association Board could do through its individual efforts.

Apply to Serve

Alumni Club of Chicago Board Directors serve as ambassadors of University of Chicago Alumni Association by building programs that support lifelong connections to alumni by attending and/or hosting regional events. Directors serve a two-year term and may be eligible to serve up to 3 additional, consecutive terms. The number of vacant seats each year varies based on returning board directors and expiring terms. Candidates are notified of their nomination to the board at the end of May and the term begins July 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2019.

Being a Board Director

In order to carry out its mission to build a reciprocally beneficial relationship between University of Chicago and its alumni, Directors commit to enthusiastically advocate and support its activities and also take an active role in the life of the university.  While the board understands that its board directors will have varied interests and strengths, directors are expected to meet the standards of participation outlined below.


  • Must have matriculated at the University and earned credit toward one of its degrees.
  • Live in the Chicagoland area.

Board Expectations

  • Attend three board meetings per year
  • Active participation as a member of a committee
  • Participation/attendance at minimum of three club & university-related events
  • Financial contribution to the university
  • Complete Alumni Association volunteer and board training

Considerations for Applicant Selection

Each spring the Board Nominations Committee selects candidates to serve on the Alumni Club of Chicago Board. These criteria include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Involvement with UChicago since graduation. The committee gives significant weight to this criteria, particularly recent involvement with UChicago and demonstrated leadership.
  • Diversity, including diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, course of study at UChicago, and profession or other work-related activity. While it is difficult to represent each of these areas with a 25-member Board, the committee considers all of these types of diversity.
  • Class year and degree types (i.e., undergraduate and/or graduate). The board serves the interests of all alumni, and therefore the committee seeks to select board directors that represent as many schools and courses of study as possible.
  • Regular financial support of UChicago, without considering the amount given. The board is not a fundraising body, but regular financial support of UChicago (to any area of the university and in any amount) demonstrates a continued commitment to the institution.

Timeline and Process

  • Applications are accepted February 1 - March 15, 2019.
  • The nomination committee review applications mid-April and presents slates of nominees to the full Alumni Club of Chicago Board.
  • Applicants will be notified regarding the committee's decisions by the end of May, and new members are encouraged to attend Alumni Weekend June 6-June 9, 2019 and the board annual dinner, held mid-June.

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