Elon announces Brian Feeley ’03 as new director of alumni engagement
Feeley will lead the university's alumni engagement initiatives, a key priority of the Elon Commitment strategic plan.
Brian Feeley, a 2003 Elon graduate, will join the university June 9 as the new director of alumni engagement. In the role, Feeley will lead efforts to engage alumni of all ages, build the university’s alumni network and help grow the alumni giving participation rate. He succeeds interim director Tait Arend ’96 MBA’00, who will continue in his role on Elon’s major gifts team.
“We are delighted to add Brian Feeley as our newest team member,” says Jim Piatt, vice president for university advancement. “As interim director, Tait Arend worked closely with the entire alumni engagement team to position the university for tremendous success. Brian’s leadership will be invaluable as Elon continues to build one of the nation’s most vibrant alumni networks.”
Feeley will lead a team of eight staff members committed to developing innovative alumni programs to advance and support Elon graduates, a key priority of the Elon Commitment strategic plan. In the past year, the team has opened the Martin Alumni Center, increased Homecoming attendance to a record number and hosted Evenings for Elon and National Networking events around the nation.
Feeley comes to Elon after 10 years at The Washington Center, a nonprofit higher education organization that provides opportunities for students to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. Most recently he served as the center’s vice president for admissions, institutional relations and site relations, working to develop relationships with academic institutions as well as overseeing domestic enrollment strategies and internship placement services.
"Since graduation, it has become increasingly clear that my success has been in large part due to a set of experiences I gained at Elon,” Feeley says. “Returning to help lead this important area and to play a role in the next chapter of Elon’s history is a unique opportunity and an immense privilege. I look forward to joining an outstanding group of colleagues who are dedicated to advancing the mission, alumni engagement and fundraising efforts of the university.”
Feeley graduated from Elon in 2003 with a degree in political science. In 2010, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Johns Hopkins University. Feeley and his wife, Lauren ’04, have one daughter, Ashlyn.