Lofgren Named Alumni Association Executive Director

Feb. 20, 2001

by Larry D. Brumley

The executive committee of the Baylor Alumni Association on Feb. 19 accepted the recommendation of its search committee to name Randy Lofgren, BM '62, MM '70, EdD '74, as the next executive director of the Baylor Alumni Association. He will begin his duties on or about April 1.

Lofgren currently serves as Baylor's associate vice president for development, and for the past two years has directed efforts to prepare the university for a major campaign to move its endowment beyond $1 billion.

Fred Cameron, BBA '60, JD '62, former chair of the Baylor Board of Regents, led the search committee.

"We performed a most deliberate and intensive search to recruit the most qualified candidates for this position," Cameron said. "We considered many individuals whose credentials and backgrounds met the test of very high standards. Randy's qualifications and vision came together in a way that made him the choice of the committee."

Lofgren will serve as the chief executive officer of the Baylor Alumni Association, a separately chartered, non¡profit organization, originally founded in 1859 to support the interests of Baylor and its alumni. The association represents more than 90,000 living graduates around the world. Services range from the Legacy Program, which helps recruit children of Baylor alumni, to the Baylor Alumni Network, which matches young graduates who are moving into a new community with interested alumni volunteers. The association also sponsors events such as Homecoming, Homecoming EXTRA, and the Heritage Club and publishes the award¡winning Baylor Line magazine.

"I am grateful for this new opportunity to serve Baylor and its 90,000 alumni," Lofgren said. "I am committed to meeting the expectations of the Alumni Association leadership and the university administration while continuing to uphold the Association's valued traditions."

Lofgren follows Mark Kimbell, BBA '83, who has served in an interim capacity since last spring. Under Kimbell's leadership, the association has completed its long¡range plan and embarked on a series of initiatives to increase connections to Baylor alumni. Kimbell leaves the position to enter full¡time consulting with universities, academic medical centers, and other major non¡profit organizations.

"My heartiest congratulations go to Randy and the Baylor Alumni Association," said Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr., BA '70. "Randy's passion for Baylor is well known. I expect him to be a vital partner in the work we must do together to advance Baylor's mission among its most valuable constituency, our own graduates. His 13 years of progressive success in service to Baylor earned Randy this position."

Lofgren, in his capacity as Alumni Association executive director, will also be a member of the president's executive council.

Joey Seeber, BBA '86, JD '90, current association president, said, "I can't express enough pleasure at having Randy as our new leader. Great universities deserve great alumni associations. Our goal is nothing less than to become the best alumni association among major universities in this country. Randy will help us get there."

Lofgren has been married to the former Jeanine Haube, BME '64, for 38 years. They have two children, Wendy Lofgren Smith, att. '90, and Kevin, BA '95, and three grandchildren.

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