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Conference Chair

Josh Harraman

Josh Harraman
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Josh Harraman joined the Rutgers University Alumni Association as its new associate vice president for alumni relations in September 2017. Harraman previously served as the senior director for alumni and constituent engagement at The Ohio State University.

During his 10 years at The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Harraman was an exemplary leader, driving various initiatives, including launching a regional engagement effort, developing young alumni programming and the Young Alumni Academy, and supporting efforts that resulted in investments totaling more than $700,000 for incoming first-year student scholarships.

Harraman received his bachelor’s degree in history from The Ohio State University and his master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. He is pursuing a doctorate in educational philosophy at The Ohio State University, and expects to complete the program in 2019.


Robert M. Dunlap

Robert M. Dunlap
Senior Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, Northwestern Alumni Association
Northwestern University

Bobby Dunlap is the senior associate director for alumni engagement at the Northwestern Alumni Association. In that role, he manages recent alumni programming and Homecoming while overseeing the work of the student, student to alumni transition, and recent alumni engagement team. He previously had been the associate director for recent alumni engagement at Northwestern and the assistant director for student and young alumni engagement at Loyola University Chicago.

His work at Northwestern has been focused on engaging young alumni through strategically-focused, globally-facing programs, like the unique access program, Northwestern Opening Doors, and the Young Alumni Ski and Snowboard Trip. He was a part of the team guiding programming for the Northwestern Men’s Basketball Team’s first ever trip to March Madness.

Bobby has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University.

Cindy Fredrick

Cindy Fredrick
Associate Vice President, Advancement Alumni and Parent Engagement and Annual Giving
University of Virginia

Cindy Fredrick is the associate vice president for engagement and annual giving at the University of Virginia. She joined the office of engagement as one of the founding staff members in 2006; following a 14-year career as executive director for U.Va.’s student volunteer center.

In her current role, Fredrick supervised the transformation of U.Va.’s engagement efforts—which resulted in a nearly 500 percent increase in activities during a five year period—and currently produces more than 1,400 events each year. A significant aspect of this revitalization was the full integration of parents into traditional alumni engagement efforts through clubs, travel and lifetime learning programs.

Prior to her 20 year career at the University of Virginia, Fredrick served as the associate director for the Virginia state coalition of sexual assault crisis centers; managing director for an equity touring children’s theatre; and director of social services, admissions and recreational activities for long-term care facilities.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Luther College and a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University in Sacramento.

Julia Palmer

Julia Palmer
Senior Manager, Student Organizations
Georgia Institute of Technology

Julie Palmer serves as senior manager of student organization at Georgia Institute of Technology. Previously she served as the advisor for the Georgia Tech Student Foundation and as co-advisor for the Georgia Tech Student Alumni Association. She is passionate about student philanthropy, student and alumni programs, and loves engaging student leaders in the creation and implementation of those programs.

Palmer oversees all student philanthropy programs within the alumni association, including the Student Alumni Association's Gift to Tech, and the Student Foundation's solicitation, cultivation and stewardship of more than 7,000 student donors per year. She also oversees the Expert Jackets and Dinner Jackets programs, which are designed to connect current students with alumni, and allow alumni to continue to engage with their alma mater. Prior to her current role, she served as the advisor for the Student Alumni Connection and student philanthropy programs at Bowling Green State.

She earned a dual bachelor's degree in interpersonal and organizational communication and government and politics from George Mason University, and a master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University.

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