CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kathy Bickel, vice president for outreach with The Ohio State University’s Alumni Association, has been named executive director of the Oregon State University Alumni Association. She also will serve as vice president of alumni relations at Oregon State.
Bickel succeeds Scott Greenwood, who resigned last year for a position at Duke University. Christi Kasten, the OSU Alumni Association’s senior associate executive director, has since served as interim director.
“Ohio State University has been considered one of the premier alumni associations in the country by its peers,” said Joth Ricci, past president of the Oregon State Alumni Association, and a 1991 OSU graduate. “Kathy will bring a proven skill set of working with leaders across campus on continued development of University Alumni Relations and outreach to our growing and diverse domestic and international alumni.”
Bickel, who describes herself as a “strong team player,” has been with The Ohio State University’s Alumni Association since 1994. She previously served for six years as that university’s assistant registrar. She will begin her new duties at Oregon State on Aug. 26.
As vice president for outreach, Bickel led the Ohio State association’s operation, budgeting and strategic planning for many of the organization’s events, student programs, career management, conference services, travel program and student recruitment. Ohio State’s active alumni program includes more than 100 active clubs, 49 active societies and 2,500 volunteers. These volunteers attended more than 200 college fairs where more than 100,000 students interacted with an alumnus.
“The experience Kathy has acquired in building and sustaining relationships and outreach activities at Ohio State will be immensely helpful in her leadership role here at Oregon State University,” said OSU President Edward J. Ray, who was on the Ohio State faculty for more than 30 years.
“Kathy is a high-energy, results-oriented leader who will help us connect with alumni throughout Oregon, the nation and the world, and insure that the Oregon State Alumni Association reaches new heights,” Ray added.
Bickel has a master’s degree in labor and human resource management and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Ohio State.
The Oregon State University Alumni Association is a member-based, nonprofit organization that promotes OSU and engages alumni. Its programs include a web site for alumni, the Oregon Stater magazine, an e-mail newsletter, regional activities, faculty lecture series, travel opportunities and other events. It is located in the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center, which also serves as a conference center.