The Alumni Agencies
Between 2014 and 2016, the heads of the Alumni Association, Keydet Club and Foundation thoughtfully and intentionally formed a plan for a combined Agencies headed by a single executive in order to improve support for VMI.
Building on a study done by an outside firm in 1989, three alumni – Turner Perrow ’96, then-Alumni Association president; Hugh Fain ’80, then-Foundation president; and Bill Paulette ’69, then-Keydet Club president – asked Paul B. Maini ’66 and George H. Roberts ’68 to analyze restructuring the agencies. In the past, Maini and Roberts had selflessly served the Agencies and the Institute in numerous capacities. The report thoroughly explored possible organizational structures for a combined Agencies and effects on a committed, active alumni body and – ultimately – the Institute. After receiving and studying this report, Perrow, Fain and Paulette prepared a resolution which proposed restructuring the Agencies under a single chief executive officer.
After a search for senior executives was announced in fall 2016, an outside search firm narrowed the field to six qualified candidates who went through the interview process in the winter. Spring 2017 found Steve Maconi – a retired Naval aviator, who had also successfully served in the Naval Academy Foundation – at the helm as Agencies CEO, directing and guiding the reorganization process.
Restructuring the Agencies is a model of selfless alumni cooperation toward the ultimate objective of advancing VMI.