Erwin Sekulow Named Alumni Director at Johns HopkinsErwin M. Sekulow, a two-time graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and a senior member of the Hopkins development staff for 23 years, has been named the university's executive director of alumni relations, effective Oct. 5.
He succeeds Jerome D. Schnydman, who is now secretary of the board of trustees and executive assistant to university president William R. Brody. India Lowres, associate director of alumni relations, has served as interim executive director.
"After a long national search, we are delighted to name Erv Sekulow to this new role, said Robert R. Lindgren, vice president for development and alumni relations. He will build on the many accomplishments of the alumni office under Jerry Schnydman s able leadership and will continue to be a great asset both to the university and to Hopkins' 94,000 alumni."
Sekulow served on the pivotal Alumni Relations Task Force in the 1980s that examined the role of the alumni association and made recommendations to expand the involvement of alumni in university affairs, Lindgren said.
Sekulow earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1959 from the university s School of Arts and Sciences and his master of liberal arts degree in 1976 from the School of Continuing Studies. He joined the Hopkins development staff in 1971 as director of development for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and in 1980 became director of development on the central development staff of the university.
In 1981, he began a four-year stint as vice president of development at Brandeis University, returning to Hopkins to work on the Campaign for Johns Hopkins and later becoming executive director for regional and institutional programs. In 1995, he assumed his current duties as executive director for institutional programs, supervising corporate and foundation relations and planned giving.
Sekulow is the only member of the senior development and alumni relations staff who has participated in each of Hopkins' three most recent institutional fund-raising campaigns, covering three decades.
As head of the Alumni Relations Office, Sekulow will manage a staff of 11 focusing on activities and services for alumni, faculty, parents, and friends of the eight academic divisions and other programs of the university. The staff also coordinates the 150-member Alumni Council, the governing body of the Alumni Association.
"I believe I can speak for the whole Alumni Council in saying that we are extremely pleased with the selection of Erv Sekulow to head alumni relations at Johns Hopkins, said James K. Archibald, a 1971 graduate from Baltimore who becomes president of the council in October. Over the years, he has shown himself an effective leader and a true friend of Hopkins and of its alumni."
Last year, approximately 14,500 alumni were dues-paying members of the Alumni Association. As of Aug. 31, 1998, 31 percent of the total committed to the Johns Hopkins Initiative, the institutions' current fund-raising campaign, had come from alumni.
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