This message was sent to class, chapter and SIG leadership as well as members of the Board of Trustees. It will be sent to all alumni on 18 December.
Dear Members of the USNA Alumni Community:
It is my privilege to provide an update to our alumni on the work of the Board of Trustees and the Special Committee on Alumni Culture, Diversity and Inclusion (“Special Committee”).
On Thursday, the Board of Trustees met virtually to conduct regular business of the Board and discuss the Special Committee’s Final Report. I want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Special Committee. Their work has set the tone and certainly the path to make our Alumni Association a more inclusive and mission-focused organization. They met their tasking and have provided meaningful information and recommendations for the Board to consider and carry forward.
The Board unanimously approved a resolution to create an Ad Hoc Committee on Alumni Culture, Diversity and Inclusion to continue the work of the Special Committee as well as provide a reporting mechanism directly to the Board of Trustees. The Ad Hoc Committee will be comprised of Board and committee members as well as members of the Alumni Association.
The Ad Hoc Committee will work to integrate Special Committee recommendations into current Board processes and structure and Alumni Association programs and policies. As part of this effort, a survey will be launched in late January to gauge interest, support and feedback on the Special Committee recommendations. The report will be posted publicly on or about 18 December to help inform alumni feedback for the upcoming alumni survey. The analysis and review by the Ad Hoc Committee will provide the Board with both qualitative and quantitative data to inform next steps. I thank you in advance for your survey participation. Should you have comments or questions before the survey is sent, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While 2020 was not the year we all envisioned, I am proud of what we were able to accomplish with the Alumni Association, for our community and in support of the Naval Academy. We continued our work as volunteer leaders, reimagined engagement and events with additional reach around the world, shifted meetings to virtual environments without missing a beat, and launched and furthered programs in support of our alumni and the Academy. May you have a safe and happy holiday season.
Go Navy! Beat Army!
ADM Samuel J. Locklear ’77, USN (Ret.)
Chair, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees