Columbia College Chicago Announces Selection of Miriam Smith as Executive Director of Alumni Relations

CCC also announced the newly elected 2015-2016 National Alumni Board!

Columbia College Chicago announced the selection of Miriam Smith as Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Chosen through a national search, Smith brings extensive experience in cultivating alumni, parent, and student engagement; achieving annual giving goals; and creating a philanthropic culture in collaboration with colleagues from across a wide variety of academic departments and administrative units.

Most recently, Smith was the Manager of Alumni Engagement and Giving at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her experience also includes positions at Manhattanville College, Sarah Lawrence College, and Columbia Artists Management. She received her Master of Music in Opera from Binghamton University and her Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.

In her new role at Columbia College Chicago, Smith will be responsible for building alumni engagement, increasing annual giving, partnering with the Office of Student Success to foster student and parent relationships, and partnering with the Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications to enhance the alumni web presence and magazine.

She looks forward to connecting with alumni in the coming days and months, both in Chicago and across the country.


Jonathan S. Stern
Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations

Newly Elected 2015-2016 National Alumni Board!

Regional Representatives:

Midwest: Joan Hammel (BA ’86), Professional Singer, Chicago
Southwest: Pat Blum (BA ’84), Vice President, World Capital Brokerage, Denver
Great South: Brian Fisher (BA ’95), Benefits Consultant, MRD Insurance Services, Austin
Northwest: Howard Shapiro (BA ’53), Retired, Portland
Northeast: Michael Wojcik (BA ’96), Sr. Director of Development, American Red Cross, NYC
Southeast: Joanna DeJesus (BA ’10), Programming Coordinator, NBC Universo, Miami

Members at Large:

Marty Kane (BA ’06), Senior Admissions Officer, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago
Thomas Rovak, Jr. (’85), Executive Producer/Sr. Colorist/Post Supervisor, Rovak Colorist Services, Chicago
Emory Brown (BA ’00), Creative Director, The Scientist Marketing, Chicago
Jennifer Oliver O’Connell (BA ’87), Writer/Reinvention Coach/Yoga Instructor, As The Girl Turns, Los Angeles
Howard Seth Cohen (BA ’98), Actor/Artist/Activist, 72 Virgins, Los Angeles
Jeff Kinney (BA ’87), Director of Field Production/Chief Photojournalist, CNN, NYC

Many thanks to all the exceptional alumni that ran for this year’s National Alumni Board.