Best Practices from Ross Alumni Clubs

Here, the Office of Alumni Relations aims to highlight best practices in alumni club programming, leadership, and organization from Michigan Ross alumni clubs around the globe. Every club is different, and our alumni leaders can often learn the most from peer clubs’ innovation and successful practices. Thank you to the Ross club leaders who have contributed their ideas and materials to this page.

If you’d like to share an alumni club event, officer role, organizational structure/document, or leadership practice that has worked well for your alumni club with fellow club leaders here, please email


Leading Alumni Clubs With A Geographically Dispersed Alumni Base:

In this webinar, Rema Nasif (BBA ’03) and Paul Bockwoldt (MBA ’11), Co-Presidents of the Michigan Ross Alumni Clubs of Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan, share their recent redesign of the Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan Clubs’ leadership structure and operations to better meet the needs of their geographically dispersed alumni constituency, and the associated successes and challenges of that transition. Rema and Paul also discuss the Ann Arbor/SE Michigan Clubs’ successful practice of charging club membership dues and event attendance fees and their favorite club events. Don’t miss this excellent and informative presentation from a best practice alumni club!

Leadership Resources:

FY18 State of the Alumni Clubs Report: (click here to view)

The Ross Development and Alumni Relations Office’s State of the Clubs Report utilizes information from the annual reports of participating alumni clubs, as well as data the Alumni Relations team collects throughout the year, to present a baseline portrait of the Ross alumni clubs’ fiscal year performance. Include are data on clubs’ leadership, volunteer recruitment tactics, operations, and club events, including brief descriptions of the year’s most salient club activities. Throughout the report, we leverage club leaders’ thoughtful Annual Report responses in “In Their Own Words,” culminating in officer-shared quotations of the year’s domestic and international club highlights, challenges, and successes. 

Alumni Club Officer Onboarding PowerPoint:

The Ann Arbor and SE Michigan leadership team uses this presentation (download the .ppt here) to onboard new club officers and familiarize them with:

  • Their specific club’s culture, goals, organizational structure, and officer responsibilities 
  • General Ross alumni club policies and resources
  • Important club communication channels and contact information
  • Additional training resources

We encourage you to explore this presentation and consider if something like this might be a helpful tool for your club to create to support incoming leadership team volunteers.