Honorary Alumnus Award
From 2005 to 2010, UBC’s alumni community had no greater advocate than Marie Earl. Her arrival on campus to assume leadership of alumni affairs marked a new era in alumni relations and a determined push to engage one of the university’s largest constituent groups. Under her leadership, “alumni” was absorbed into the university lexicon and UBC grads became as much a part of the conversation as students, faculty and staff. Due in large part to her dedication and hard work in this area, the university’s strategic plan, Place and Promise, now includes alumni engagement as one of its key components.
Marie’s experience demonstrates her long-time commitment to advancing educational institutions. Her goal of delivering the best services possible to alumni, and of utilizing their expertise to benefit current students and their institution, began at her alma mater, Stanford University. As director of alumni relations there she successfully restructured the association’s practices, bringing alumni engagement to the forefront. As a result, the number of active volunteers quadrupled over her four-year term.
It is difficult to overstate the impact of Marie’s arrival at UBC. She oversaw a momentous change in the Alumni Association’s practices, renewing its relationship with the university and showcasing the importance of increased alumni engagement. As a result of her collaborative and inclusive leadership, UBC now has one of the best alumni engagement programs in North America, and Marie is considered a top expert in her field.
Marie serves as a mentor to other alumni professionals worldwide and is currently pursuing a professional coaching certificate. As a former elite long distance runner, Marie coaches athletes as well. She is particularly proud of the more than 1000 marathoners she coached through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program, who raised more than five million dollars for research and patient services.
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Nominations for the 2012 Alumni Achievement Awards are now open. Find out more about the nomination process and nominate an outstanding individual today.