Lisa DeDapper named alumni relations director
2011. 02. 14.
Lisa DeDapper, a College of Idaho alumna with extensive leadership experience in non-profit organizations, has been named the College's director of alumni relations.
DeDapper, who joined the College in 2010 as a major gifts officer after five years as chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, will succeed Frances Nagashima in the position and assumes her new duties effective March 1.
Nagashima has served in the position since 2008 and helped strengthen the C of I's relationships with alumni throughout the country. Her accomplishments include expanding participation of young graduates in alumni activities, establishing a popular Alumni Book Club, starting a program that brings alumni together for community service activities, and planning more events that foster alumni networking.
“We are extremely grateful for the work that Frances has done in building connections between our alumni and the College,” said Michael Vandervelden, vice president for college relations. “Our graduates deeply value their College of Idaho experiences, the strong sense of community and personal interaction with outstanding professors that help prepare them for successful and fulfilling lives. We see that reflected in our steadily increasing alumni giving rate.”
DeDapper said she is eager to continue building the College's strong alumni engagement efforts.
“Attending The College of Idaho is a life-changing experience, and the close relationships that are built with your classmates, professors and staff members last for a lifetime,” DeDapper said. “I'm looking forward to helping alumni continue to play an active role in the life of the College and to build relationships with our current students who will soon be joining them.”
DeDapper's previous experience includes service as executive branch director for the Downtown YMCA in Boise from 2002 to 2005 and holding various leadership positions at the Treasure Valley Family YMCA from 1995 to 2002. She earned a bachelor's degree from C of I in 1978 and a master's degree from the University of Utah.
“The College is excited that Lisa will be stepping into this role and fully anticipates that she will continue to strengthen the lifelong relationships C of I alumni enjoy with one another and their alma mater,” Vandervelden said. “Lisa brings valuable leadership skills, experience working with volunteers and numerous connections throughout the Treasure Valley to this position. As a C of I graduate, she also understands how to build upon the special experience that our alumni gained here.”
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.