When alumnus George Benham reflects on his two-year term as president of the Smeal Alumni Society Board, he is quick to acknowledge everyone who helped the board accomplish its goals.

“The dedication of the entire Smeal community — directors, volunteers, staff, faculty, and students — allowed the board to remain focused on our mission to provide the alumni community with opportunities for networking, volunteerism, and lifelong engagement,” he says.

Benham said this was especially important last spring, when the pandemic forced the board to think outside the box to keep alumni engaged. That support also allowed the board to remain focused on Smeal students and their success.

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“The campus and instructional changes have dramatically affected our students’ college experience,” Benham says. “It’s been more important than ever for the board to emphasize initiatives like our mentoring program and Impact Smeal Days, which give our talented graduates the opportunity to share their perspectives and advice with Smeal students.”

Benham says he was impressed by the unwavering support Smeal alumni have shown through committee projects, alumni clubs, and other commitments, despite their own personal and professional challenges.

He also said that he was grateful for the board members with whom he’s had the privilege of working.

“I will look back on my time as president in awe of the engagement, resilience, and camaraderie shown in support of Smeal during these unprecedented times,” he says.

Benham’s term will end next month, and Carole McCabe will begin her two-year term on July 1.