This letter from President Shirley Ann Jackson was shared with the campus community on September 7, 2017.
To: The Rensselaer Community
From: Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., President, Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Professor of Engineering Sciences
Re: Congratulations and Farewell to Dr. Jeffrey Schanz, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Rensselaer Alumni Association
It is with a mixture of sadness and pride that I announce the resignation of Dr. Jeffrey Schanz as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Rensselaer Alumni Association, effective September 22, 2017. Jeff has accepted the position of Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Albany Law School, in Albany, New York.
Over the past 17 years, Jeff has worked closely with university leadership, alumni volunteers, parents, students, and friends to establish long-term and lifelong engagement and philanthropic relationships for the university. He is the longest serving RAA Executive Director in the history of the organization.
During his tenure, advancement and alumni relations programs at Rensselaer have been honored nationally and regionally with over 30 awards and honors for best practices including innovative work in student alumni programs, fundraising initiatives, and use of social media. He received the District II Professional of the Year Award in 2012 from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and he was inducted as a member of Phalanx, Rensselaer's Service and Leadership Honor Society, in 2013. In 2016, he was honored with the Albert Fox Demers Medal, Rensselaer's second highest award given to alumni and friends of the Institute.
On behalf of the Rensselaer Board of Trustees, and our faculty, students, staff, and administration, I regret to see a leader such as Jeff leave our community, but I take pride in the fact that he left a positive imprint on our university, and is poised to do the same at Albany Law School.
Please join me in wishing Jeff well as he begins the next chapter of his professional career.