Board Member Responsibilities & Opportunities

CFANS Alumni Society Purpose

Founded in 2006, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences has more than 3,200 members in its Alumni Society. All graduates, students and friends of the college are eligible for active membership in the Society. The Society is responsible for a wide variety of successful initiatives.

The purpose of the Society shall be to connect alumni and friends of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences ("CFANS") and the University of Minnesota and develop interest in and support for the betterment of the college faculty, students, and alumni by stimulating individual and community participation in the college, the University of Minnesota, and University of Minnesota Alumni Association. In particular, the Society's efforts shall foster society membership, student recruitment, enhancement of the student experience, and communication with alumni, students, faculty, and the community. The Society will encourage financial support for the college and its activities. The Society will strive to become a valuable advocate for both the UMAA and the university.


Board Operations:

  • Maintain current membership in the U of M Alumni Association/Alumni Society
  • Attend at least 4 out of 6 board meetings each year – participate in discussions and contribute ideas
  • Review CFANS Alumni Society budget and plan expenditures
  • Set Alumni Society policies; be familiar with and maintain updated policies
  • Recruit CFANS graduates for membership, board positions, committees and event/program participation
  • Identify potential Alumni Society program sponsors for annual fundraising efforts


  • Serve as an ambassador for the college and for the university when appropriate
  • Be familiar with the college's and the U of M Alumni Association's priorities
  • Encourage recruitment of prospective undergraduate and graduate students

Project and Committee Work:

  • Actively participate in a priority area – Student Engagement, Education & Outreach, Pride & Spirit, Finance & Revenue, or Board Development
  • Serve on a board committee
  • Attend at least 3 CFANS Alumni Society events

Opportunities/ Benefits

Personal and Professional Growth:

  • Gain leadership experience
  • Serve as a mentor and role model to new board members
  • Network with other alumni
  • Keep informed and stay involved with the college and the Alumni Association
  • Support and serve your alma mater and the CFANS community
  • Have fun!

For questions, please contact:

Mary Buschette
Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations