The 2020 Alumni Board membership nomination process is now closed.

Thank you for your interest in the University of Chicago Alumni Board. As the advisory board to the University’s Alumni Association, the Alumni Board seeks candidates who are proven leaders, have demonstrated service to the UChicago alumni population, are experienced in working in a collaborative environment, and are committed to serving as UChicago ambassadors in their communities.

Submitting a Nomination

  • Secure two or more letters of support for the candidate, in addition to your own. Letters should provide further detail on the candidate’s leadership, commitment to the University of Chicago, and ability to collaborate and may be provided by University staff, fellow alumni, or peers. Supporters may complete the online form, send in a letter separately via email (to or US mail (to 5235 South Harper Court, Chicago, IL 60615, Attn.: Alumni Association), or have the original nominators upload documents with their submission.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.

About the Alumni Board

The board consists of 25 to 30 members with approximately four to six new members joining each year. Alumni Board Members have three primary roles. As you consider a nomination, please make note of the candidate’s ability to act in each of these capacities:

  • The Alumni Board is an advisory board to the Alumni Association. Board members are the representative voices of alumni across their respective units, divisions, geographies, volunteer activities, and other organizations. Is this candidate someone who can advise from experiences as an alumna/us in particular areas?
  • Alumni Board members are ambassadors of the Alumni Association. Board members are representatives of Alumni Association leadership at local events and in their UChicago networks. Is this candidate someone who is, or has been, active in his or her various alumni communities? Will this candidate have the time and ambition to attend alumni gatherings and participate in the larger community?
  • The Alumni Board and its members celebrate the alumni community, which is largely done through the Alumni Awards program. Board members are asked to contribute to the nominations pool and nominate alumni for recognition. Is this candidate someone who has made or will make the effort to recognize fellow alumni?

Members serve a two-year term, which begins on July 1, with a mutual option for a second two-year term.

New members and nominators will be notified of board selections in the spring.

Learn more about the current Alumni Board members.

Candidate Eligibility

  • Must have matriculated at the University and earned credit toward one of its degree programs.
  • Must commit to attending meetings in person twice a year in Chicago and to participating on committees and full board calls throughout the year.
  • Should have a history of leadership, service to the University, and the ability to collaborate and think strategically.
  • Should be willing to serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for the University in their communities.
  • Should philanthropically support the University, at any level, annually
  • May be from any geographic location or degree unit.
  • Cannot have previously served two full two-year terms on the Alumni Board.


Please do not inform candidates that they are under consideration, since only a limited number of new members are chosen each year from among many talented individuals. All deliberations are kept confidential.