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Alumni Leadership Council FAQs

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The purpose of the MassArt Alumni Leadership Council (ALC) is to be the representative body of the 20,000+ MassArt alumni, who make up the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Alumni Association. The ALC connects with MassArt alumni and fosters mutually beneficial, engaged, and supportive relationships among the college, alumni, and those in the broader MassArt community. Working with the Alumni Relations office, they celebrate, inspire, and support alumni—creatively, professionally, and socially.

The MassArt Alumni Leadership Council is a volunteer board with 21 elected members. Also, the then serving Alumni Relations Director and an elected representative of the Student Government Association both serve on the ALC in an ex-officio capacity.

MassArt alumni who are matriculated members in good standing of the MassArt Alumni Association may serve on the Alumni Leadership Council. Matriculated members of the Association include all persons holding degrees from MassArt; all persons who have successfully completed at least two semesters or accumulated a total of eighteen (18) credit hours in a MassArt degree program; and all persons who have received a certificate through MassArt’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education.

If you know of a MassArt alum whom you think would be an asset to the Alumni Leadership Council, please nominate the alum or encourage them to self-nominate.

The Alumni Leadership Council meets four times a year, typically in September, December, March, and June. Additionally, sub-committees of the Alumni Leadership Council meet four to six times a year. ALC meetings are generally held in the evening, as are most sub-committee meetings. Regular attendance is expected. Currently, all ALC meetings are being held virtually via Zoom.

Alumni Leadership Council directors are expected to provide financial support for the MassArt Annual Fund, to serve on at least one sub-committee, and to act as an ambassador of MassArt. ALC Directors are also encouraged to attend at least 4 in person or virtual alumni or other MassArt events per year.

 Elected directors shall hold office for a term of three (3) years and in all cases, until their successors are chosen and qualified. Each three (3) year term can be renewed up to two (2) times, but no elected director shall serve as such for more than nine (9) consecutive years.

The deadline for nominations is January 19, 2023. The ALC is currently filling six director positions. The ALC Board Development Committee will be reviewing all applications and interviewing candidates between March - April, 2023. We will reach out to all candidates during this time period regarding the status of their application/nomination. The newly elected director will be notified in early June 2023 and will assume office on July 1, 2023.

Contact Darlene Gillan, Alumni Relations Director at or 617.879.7050.