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New Director Ready to Forge Alumni Relationships

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
RHIT Ben Paolillo 11419

Winning Attitude: Ben Paolillo brings championship experience and leadership to his new role as executive director of alumni affairs.

Ben Paolillo knows how to build winning teams. As head women's track and cross country coach at Purdue University, his teams won two Big Ten Conference championships. He was named the conference's Coach of the Year three times.

Later, Paolillo strengthened alumni participation and financial support in six years as senior director of alumni clubs for the Purdue University Alumni Association. He has been a member of the association's staff since 2002, including a period as interim executive director.

Now he brings his creative ideas and a wealth of experiences building lifelong alumni relationships to Rose-Hulman as the institute's new executive director of alumni affairs. He replaces Jim Bertoli, who has moved into a role as a major gift officer for the Office of Institutional Advancement.

"I've always been impressed with the reputation of Rose-Hulman and its alumni," Paolillo says. "I look forward to the opportunity to continue the work that has been done while taking the opportunity to review the best way to build alumni affairs operations to meet the institute's needs."

In this new role, Paolillo will help develop and implement programs, services, and events that enhance relationships between the institute and its alumni and future graduates. This includes organizing special events, supporting alumni club activities, and providing lifelong services to alumni.

At Purdue, he worked directly with more than 85 alumni groups and their leaders, and reorganized the annual Club Leaders Conference to better develop recognition and support programs. Recruit Them Once; Have Them for a Lifetime and Summer Ambassador picnics were two programs that developed students into active future alumni.

Paolillo also created a model scoring system that leveled the playing field for alumni clubs seeking recognition, regardless of size, while directing them toward achieving alumni association goals. Successful clubs received funding for programming, scholarships, and a Gold P award to be proudly displayed at club events.

He readily shares his ideas for growing alumni participation, and has made several presentations at national and regional professional conferences.

Paolillo served as Purdue's head women's track and cross country coach for eight years and spent 17 years with the program.