It is my privilege to begin our 2019-2020 fiscal year as the president of the USD Alumni Association Board, which serves more than 70,000 USD alumni.
We are fortunate to have an active group of board members and are grateful for the leadership of our immediate past president, Gerry Rodrigues ’97 (BBA). No question about it, Gerry will be a hard act to follow. One only has to look at the current state of the Alumni Association to see the success under his direction.
Our mission — “to engage and enrich the Torero community for life” — will guide us as we embark upon the process of revising our strategic plan. Following in the footsteps of Envisioning 2024, the alumni board will focus on setting and achieving its own goals, keeping in alignment with the path set forward by the University of San Diego.
Working alongside more than 1,000 alumni volunteers, the USD Alumni Relations staff, parents and friends, it is our vision to continue to build an actively connected and supportive global network of USD alumni.
Thirty-two years have passed since my graduation from USD. I have raised two children with my husband, Marco ’84 (BBA), had a career in the hospitality industry and have volunteered more hoursthan I can count. I find myself returning home to the USD campus to celebrate the baptism of a child, the wedding of a friend, a reunion celebration and, most recently, as a parent of a current USD student.
The memories created on this campus and the friendships that have shaped my life are the reasons I continue to seriously commit my time to this university, which has always had a special place in my heart. I often hear alumni talk about how different USD is today, but rest assured: the values and the core of what drew us to this campus have never changed.
This is why I challenge our alumni to join me on an exciting Journey as we approach our 70th anniversary. The opportunities to get involved are endless: Homecoming and Family Weekend; our online mentoring platform, TEAM; nationwide Torero Club activities and international reunions abroad are just a few options available to our alumni and friends.
Your involvement is critical as we continually strive to create an even stronger Alumni Association. I look forward to seeing you on campus! — Kim Alessio ’87 (BA), president