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Alison Kessler Appointed Director of Alumni Engagement

Alison Kessler Appointed Director of Alumni Engagement

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University recently announced the appointment of Alison Kessler to the position of director of alumni engagement.

Kessler has worked for the Whitman School since 2012, first serving as a communications specialist for the School’s marketing and communications team. Most recently she served as interim executive director of alumni and corporate relations in conjunction with her responsibilities as alumni publications manager. Kessler leads the development and execution of strategic, integrated communication plans targeted to alumni.

Her efforts to build the Whitman engaged alumni community include the increased role of the Young Whitman Advisory Council; expanded participation of alumni in career exploration and preparation programs and growth in the number of such opportunities, e.g. shadowing, panels and networking events; and coordination of events both on campus and in communities where alumni live and work as well as student-focused efforts, such as the Class Act senior gift campaign, to foster early and continued engagement as alumni.

“Alison’s broad communications and marketing background combined with her event planning skills give her a unique ability to engage individuals and build community,” said Kevin Coates, executive director of administration and strategic initiatives. “This position is also an important recognition of her relentless pursuit to optimize the alumni engagement experience with the school. Whitman alumni have grown fond of her and appreciate her efforts to keep them connected to their alma mater.”

With more than 24 years of agency, corporate, nonprofit and consulting experience, Kessler has also worked for consumer and business-to-business clients in education, technology, health care and economic development, among other industries.

Kessler holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kerri Howell

Kerri is director of communications and media relations for the Whitman School. She is responsible for managing all internal and external communications with students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the business community and other key stakeholders.After receiving her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo, she went on to earn her M.S. in communications management from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she has served as an adjunct professor in the public relations department since 2004.