BOONE, N.C. — Patrick Setzer ’90 ’98 has been named executive director of national alumni and parent engagement for Appalachian State University, effective April 1.
In this role, Setzer will leverage his personal history with the university and institutional knowledge to:
- Further engage alumni and other university constituents, including the Appalachian Student Ambassadors and Appalachian Alumni Council networks.
- Identify and establish new alumni chapters.
- Assist the vice chancellor for university advancement, the Office of Alumni Affairs and the director of Parent and Family Services with engagement collaborations and development of key alumni and parent constituents.
- Serve as lead university representative for the Alumni Travel Tours program.
He will report directly to Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Dr. Randy Edwards.
“I am pleased Patrick will lead Appalachian’s increased efforts to reach alumni and parents across the nation for Chancellor Everts and the university,” Edwards said. “There are approximately 127,000 alumni, and many live in the west, southwest, northeast and southern regions of the United States. We are prioritizing outreach and engagement to these important groups, and Patrick’s decades of service to Appalachian position him uniquely for this role.”
Setzer has been employed at Appalachian since 1990. He has served as executive director of alumni affairs for Appalachian since 2010. Prior to this position, he held positions as director of marketing communications and senior associate director of admissions for the university. He is a two-time graduate of Appalachian, earning his Bachelor of Science in communications in 1990 and a Master of Arts in higher education administration in 1998.
He is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and was named the Outstanding Advisor in CASE District 3 in 2001.
In 2013, he successfully led Appalachian’s inaugural “#iBackAPP” Annual Giving campaign, beginning what has now become a key annual fund drive for the university.
Setzer was instrumental in the growth and development of the Appalachian Student Ambassadors program, serving as the primary advisor for the group from 1993 to 2007. In 2018, he received the university’s prestigious Plemmons Leadership Medallion in recognition of his efforts in providing campus leadership for students.
“It has been a privilege to serve a wide range of university constituents for the past 29 years alongside outstanding colleagues from Alumni Affairs, University Communications and Admissions,” Setzer said. “I am excited for this new opportunity to serve an institution that I love and to further a positive impact among alumni and parents on behalf of the Appalachian Family.”
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About Alumni Affairs
The Office of Alumni Affairs provides networking opportunities, affinity program discounts, alumni chapter gatherings and special events, merchandise and travel tour options to Appalachian State University alumni.
The Appalachian State University Alumni Association consists of more than 130,000 living Appalachian alumni. Membership is free and open to all graduates of Appalachian. The association’s mission is to help alumni remember their Appalachian Experience and stay connected with current Mountaineers, and to work to ensure that those experiences are available for future Appalachian alumni by raising support for the Alumni Memorial Scholarship and The Appalachian Fund.
About University Advancement
Appalachian State University’s Division of University Advancement supports and encourages the university’s mission by engaging alumni, friends and the greater community. University Advancement staff help connect these constituents with Appalachian through one-on-one contact and special programming, thereby securing the resources necessary to create the best possible learning environment for Appalachian students and to positively impact the community, region and state. The division incorporates the offices of Alumni Affairs, Development and the Appalachian State University Foundation Inc. Learn more at http://give.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.