New Alumni Council President
Newly-elected President of the Alumni Council, Annie Corlett, believes that “we can all be inspired and strengthened by connection with others” and is keenly interested in the Alumni Council continuing to facilitate opportunities for alumni to connect meaningfully with the many different members of the University of Sydney community. “Alumni can make a very important contribution to the University through creating new ties, sharing ideas or mentoring and supporting students,” she says.
”The challenge is always, how do we, the Alumni Council, become more effective in promoting alumni connectivity, friend-raising and relationship-building across our community.”
A Strategic Review of the Alumni Council and its operations is currently being undertaken. This review coincides not only with the four-yearly elections later this year, but with the Alumni Council’s 75th anniversary next year. “I’m very, very excited about this,” says Annie of the opportunity to improve and clarify the role of the Alumni Council in supporting the University community.
As a University of Sydney Business School alumna, Annie has had a diverse range of life experiences. She graduated with a Bachelor of Economics and for much of the 1980s was an executive director of two publicly-listed mining companies. Annie has had a long-time involvement and active engagement in supporting groups in the not-for-profit sector as a volunteer. This has included 15 years as a volunteer guide and, for a period, the elected Coordinator of Guides at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Currently, Annie is a National Board Member of Lifeline Australia and is Chair of the Board Service Committee. Annie is also a member of the External Advisory Committee for the Department of Government and International Relations at the University.
In 2009, Annie was elected to the Alumni Council as the Business School Representative, before serving as Vice-President under her predecessor as President, John McLenaghan. Of her new role, she says: “I am grateful to have a role that gives me a lot of joy. I enjoy being part of the team; the Alumni Council, the Alumni Relations and Events Office, and the greater University. That’s a fabulous team to be a part of.”
“Alumni have the opportunity, via the University’s website, to connect with the University and with each other. Alumni can now browse information in respect of university-wide and faculty events focused on alumni and friends engagement, Alumni Awards, Graduate Connections Breakfast Program, mentoring programs, volunteering opportunities and much more.
“The University of Sydney has proudly been a community university, serving the public interest from the outset, and as important alumni stakeholders in this ‘university community’ we need to consider how we can best be ‘of service’ to our University.” Annie believes that “engagement with our University can not only be intellectually stimulating and provide effective networking opportunities, but can also enrich our lives in many ways.”