Changes at Alumni Relations

Vice President for Development Virginia B. Clark announced this week a series of changes in Alumni Relations:

* Doris Cochran-Fikes, who has been director of alumni affairs
here since 1987,will become Director of Alumni Secondary
School Committees in the Admissions Office starting October 1.
"Doris Cochran-Fikes' affiliation with Admissions can only
serve to enhance our student outreach programs, and prove
beneficial to both departments and the
University overall," Ms. Clark said.


* Michel T. Huber retires as Executive Secretary of the General
Alumni Society, effective September 30, after a career that began
on his graduation in 1961 and has included such posts as writer
and field officer in Development, director of the University's
New York office, and director of alumni relations and associate
vice president.


* The decision to merge the two positions of alumni relations director and
executive secretary of the alumni society, and to conduct an immediate search for
"a director who will oversee the entire alumni relations operation, including those
tasks associated with the General Alumni Society role" .

* The appointment of an Interim Director of Alumni Relations to serve during the search.


Returning to Penn:

The new interim director--who takes office this week--is Martha Stachitas,
a CW alumna and longtime staff member of the University who has been
senior vice president of the development consulting firm of Barnes and
Roche, Inc. During the seventies Ms. Stachitas worked with Penn's
Annual Fund, Athletics, and fundraising for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
before joining Barnes and Roche. A former Director of the Alumnae Association,
she also served on the Athletics Advisory Board. "Martha's knowledge of Penn as
a student, alumna and employee, in addition to her senior-level experience, makes
her an excellent choice for this interim role," Ms. Clark said. "Our momentum
in building a strong alumni relations program shall continue through the hard work
of the current staff in Alumni Relations. I am confident that we will proceed in
moving our programs forward."