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Association executive directors are University employees who administer the association.

Executive directors are University employees who administer the association.

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1946
  • Clyde Barton becomes…
    Clyde Barton becomes the Secretary of the GAA.
    Clyde Barton becomes executive director[x] Click to close
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1960
  • Fred Robie replaces …
    Clyde Barton, long time Secretary for the GAA leaves. Fred Robie took over.
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1969
  • J. Clyde Barton, for…
    J. Clyde Barton, former executive secretary of the GAA, retires from the University.
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1991
  • Lee Patouillet named…
    Lee Patouillet named Alumni Relations Executive Director
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  • Lee Patouillet, Exec…
    Leland Patouillet
    Executive Director, 1991–2008
    Ph.D. ’00

    In describing Lee Patouillet’s tenure as executive director of the Pitt Alumni Association, the numbers tell the story. When he first started, the association was generating about $45,000 annually. When he left 17 years later, that number had mushroomed to about $128 million.

    Under the direction of then-president Cecile Springer, Patouillet’s tenure began with a year spent on strategic planning, an effort headed by Roger Glunt and championed by Brian Generalovich, who asked everyone on the planning committee to “check your egos at the door.” Al Novack was instrumental in envisioning the partnership between Pitt and the association.

    “One is hard-pressed to find a better cadre of dedicated and selfless volunteers than at the University of Pittsburgh,” Patouillet says. “I think part of it is the western Pennsylvania work ethic. There is a tremendous sense of humility.”

    As part of the planning process, the association’s leadership sat down with Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and asked what he expected of the alumni group and how it could best support his agenda. Back then, the three priorities were student recruitment, outreach and fundraising, and legislative support. The first five-year plan was followed by another five-year plan, then one that was three years long, then a rolling three-year plan.

    Patouillet commends Nordenberg for embracing the association as a strategic partner, and alumni for stepping up as advocates for the University: “Once you embrace that concept, that drove our thinking,” he says.

    A greater effort was made by the association to communicate with its membership through a variety of media as well as personal appearances by association leaders who took to the road. Likewise, the Pitt Alumni Recruitment Team increased Pitt’s presence at college fairs, while Pitt Pathfinders offered campus tours to prospective students. As a result of these and other efforts, freshman applications grew exponentially.

    Patouillet was among the six people who planned and directed Pitt’s $500 million campaign, which later expanded to $1 billion. The association’s endowment went from virtually zero to more than $9 million.

    When Patouillet left, he stayed connected to his former colleagues at Pitt.

    “My sense is they haven’t skipped a beat, and they’ve done some great enhancements,” he says.
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2008
  • Patouillet Farewell …
    The University bids farewell to Association Executive Director Lee Patouillet



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2009
  • Jeff Gleim becomes a…
    Jeff Gleim is named the executive director of the Pitt Alumni Association and associate vice chancellor for alumni relations.

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