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News of Jennifer Chrisler ’92, Vice President for Alumnae Relations

March 7, 2018

Dear students, staff and faculty:

I am writing with news about an important member of our community. Jennifer Chrisler ’92, who has served as vice president for alumnae relations and executive director of the alumnae association, has been appointed vice chancellor for advancement at UMass Dartmouth, a regional research university in southeastern Massachusetts. This is a terrific opportunity for Jennifer to build and lead engagement and fundraising programs in support of the university’s teaching and research priorities.

In her five years at Smith Jennifer has led innovative alumnae engagement programs that have reinforced Smith’s standing as a thought leader on global women’s issues and connected alumnae to students in meaningful ways. In concert with the Alumnae Association of Smith College board of directors, she has launched alumnae programming aligned with the college’s strategic objectives, including the Smith Business Network, the Women of Color conference, and the student ambassador program.

I am grateful to Beth Raffeld, vice president for development, who will provide interim leadership for alumnae relations while she continues in her current role with development.

Jennifer’s last day at Smith will be March 30. I will miss her leadership and counsel, her creative programming ideas and her commitment to ensuring Smith alumnae stay close and connected to their alma mater. Please join me in thanking Jennifer for all she has done for Smith College and wishing her all the best in her new endeavor.


Kathleen McCartney