New Executive Director leads Alumni Association
Jennifer Lewis Neubauer joined Ohio University as assistant vice president of alumni relations and executive director of the Ohio University Alumni Association in December.
Neubauer, who served as a director for the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh, is the first woman to lead the OUAA in its more than 150-year history. She brings with her nearly 30 years of higher education experience in alumni relations, fundraising, marketing and public relations.
In her new role with the OUAA, Neubauer will provide strategic direction for the university's alumni relations efforts and will implement programs, activities, services and communications in order to build relationships and to engage the university's more than 200,000 living alumni.
"Jennifer has an exciting background that combines expertise in alumni programming, marketing and engagement with proven strategic planning and leadership skills," says J. Bryan Benchoff, vice president for university advancement and president and CEO of The Ohio University Foundation. "Her breadth of knowledge and deep understanding of advancement work will be great assets to our team as we continue to engage Ohio alumni in support of the OUAA and the university."
Neubauer is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where she began her career in university advancement. Her experience in alumni relations includes serving as: director of alumni relations at Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, Mich.; director of planning for the Indiana University Alumni Association; executive director of the Georgia State University Alumni Association; and assistant vice president for alumni relations at Carnegie Mellon University.
In her most recent role at Pitt she oversaw membership, marketing and development efforts on behalf the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Her career achievements have been recognized by the Council of Alumni Association Executives, the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Public Relations Society of America.
"I am so pleased and proud to have been selected assistant vice president for alumni relations at Ohio University," said Neubauer. "I have long admired the quality of programming and leadership associated with the alumni program at OU. Following in the footsteps of the profession's leading practitioners is something I view as both a privilege and responsibility. I look forward to working with the leadership of the university and the Alumni Association to build upon the program's foundation of excellence and innovation."