Conferences & Training

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. He manages recent alumni programming and homecoming while overseeing the work of the student, student to alumni transition, and recent alumni engagement team. Previously, he served as the associate director for recent alumni engagement at Northwestern and as the assistant director for student and young elumni angagement 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.

Dunlap 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, 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.

Julie Palmer

Julie Palmer
Senior Manager, Student and Young Alumni Engagement, Alumni Association
Georgia Institute of Technology Alumni Association

Julie Palmer has been with the Georgia Tech Alumni Association since June 2015, and has served as advisor for the Georgia Tech Student Foundation, the Georgia Tech Student Ambassadors, and the Georgia Tech Student Alumni Association. She is very passionate about student philanthropy, student and alumni programs, and loves engaging student leaders in the creation and implementation of those programs. Probably her proudest advising moment was when the student organizations reached more than 7,000 student donors for the first time ever in 2017.

More recently, Palmer took the lead on Georgia Tech's young alumni strategy, focusing on both engagement and giving. Along with a dynamic Young Alumni Council, she is developing a peer-to-peer solicitation model, creating programs to smooth the student to alumni transition, and building an alumni engagement road map.

Prior to her current role, she served as the advisor for the Student Alumni Connection and student philanthropy programs at Bowling Green State University. She earned a dual bachelor's degree in interpersonal and organizational communication and government and politics from George Mason University, and her master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University.


Bill Faust

Bill Faust
Senior Partner and Chief Strategy Officer

Bill Faust is senior partner and chief strategy officer at Ologie in Columbus, Ohio. He works with colleges and universities to help them uncover market insights and effectively evolve their brands. With a unique background in design and business, he spends most of his time developing strategies that positively impact enrollment and institutional advancement. He has worked with a wide range of institutions including William and Mary, Virginia Tech, University of Georgia, Denison University, Occidental College, Purdue University and West Virginia University.

Crystal Apple AwardCASE Crystal Apple Award winner for excellence in teaching