The University of Utah Alumni Association is dedicated to forging and preserving lifelong relationships with alumni, students and the community.
Our past and present
The University of Utah Alumni Association provides ways for alumni to connect with one another, engage in fun and rewarding activities, foster education and advance their careers. The Alumni Association was founded in 1886 by a small group of “normal” teaching alumni—the only graduates the University could claim at the time (a “normal school” was the term used in the late 1800s and early 1900s for an institution that specialized in training public school teachers). They wanted to promote general interest in education and strengthen ties with the University and each other.
Orson Howard was the first president, and B.H. Roberts was the first vice president. Early objectives included establishing regional alumni clubs, publishing a directory of all graduates, sponsoring class reunions every five years, publishing a magazine for alumni and establishing an annual alumni-giving plan.
Now, after more than 100 years of involvement with the University, the Alumni Association continues to develop new programs and ways to serve alumni and students. Guided by a Board of Directors, the association also has four affiliated boards: the Emeritus Alumni Board, Young Alumni Board, Student Alumni Board and Beehive Honor Society. The Association also manages The MUSS student athletics fan club and its board. Each is governed by its own by-laws and is led by alumni or student volunteer board members.
The role of the Alumni Association has expanded significantly since its founding. The association has become an integral part of the University campus community and acts as a bridge to local, national and international communities. The Alumni Association provides opportunities to participate in community service projects, raise scholarship funds for students, advocate to the state Legislature on behalf of the University and higher education, and to join other graduates in alumni chapter activities across the country and alumni clubs around the world.
Membership in the Alumni Association affords special benefits that are available only to dues-paying members. In turn, members give back to the University and its students by supporting the association’s initiatives and programs, including the student scholarship fund, which now awards more than $550,000 each year to deserving students.