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Paul Rucker

Vice President for Alumni and Stakeholder Engagement at the University of Washington and Executive Director of the UW Alumni Association
University of Washington


Since 2009, Paul has served as senior alumni relations officer at the University of Washington, one of the world’s leading public research universities with 59,000 students on three campuses, 20,000 faculty and staff and more than 475,000 alumni worldwide.  As vice president for alumni and stakeholder engagement, Paul serves as executive director of the UW Alumni Association, a 130-year non-profit organization committed to advancing higher education in the State of Washington and supporting the UW. Paul is a member of the UW President’s Cabinet and the Executive Team for University Advancement, which leads the planning and execution of Be Boundless — For Washington, for the World, the UW’s ambitious $5 billion campaign to transform the student experience, drive public good, expand impact and empower innovation.

From 1992 to 2004, Paul served in student affairs and workforce development leadership roles at Washington community and technical colleges. Paul served as executive director of international programs at Shoreline Community College from 1998 to 2004 where he led the planning and execution of international student services – international marketing/admissions, advising and retention – study/teach abroad programs, international workforce training and curricular transformation. At Edmonds Community College, Paul led international business internship programs and was the founding director the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA), one of the nation’s leading community college study/teach abroad programs. 

Paul is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Board of Trustees and on the Board of Directors of the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE).  He is frequent speaker on the strategic integration of alumni relations in higher education and alumni legislative advocacy program administration.