Alumni Advisory Committee
Formed in October 2007, the University of Adelaide's Alumni Advisory Committee (AAC) is the peak body providing advice to the University on its alumni relations.
The AAC meets quarterly and features prominent alumni from Australian and international networks, recent graduates, senior University staff, and students.
"The AAC is a very important body; it gives strategic advice to the Vice-Chancellor and the University Council about our alumni and their relationship with their alma mater," said Robyn Brown, Director of the University's Development and Alumni Office.
"It's a diverse group of alumni, students and staff who represent our entire alumni body, and who act as its eyes and ears so that the University can best respond to their needs."
A prominent alumna who has been an AAC member since its inception is former Senator, Natasha Stott Despoja.
Natasha said one of the AAC's major accomplishments had been to foster a closer relationship between alumni and the University, and to help guide its strategic direction.
"I think the AAC has achieved a significant amount in the past three years. It's really a foot in the door for alumni, allowing them to engage with the University so the latter can understand what is important to its alumni," she said.
"It gives us the opportunity to help shape the University's priorities and to keep the University in touch with the community."
Other members of the AAC include South Australian Lieutenant Governor Hieu Van Le and Chief Executive Officer of Members Equity Bank Jamie McPhee. ■
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