Worth Knowing: Dartmouth announces new Vice President for Alumni Relations


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Cheryl Bascomb ’82—a longtime Dartmouth volunteer who has led alumni efforts at regional and national levels, including a stint as vice president of the Association of Alumni—has been chosen to head Dartmouth’s worldwide efforts in alumni engagement.  Bascomb, who has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and business development, will assume the role of vice president for alumni relations on June 1.

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“Our vibrant alumni community is one of Dartmouth’s most important points of distinction. The exceptional commitment of our alumni sets us apart and allows us to achieve so much as an institution on the world stage,” says President Phil Hanlon ’77. “Cheryl’s extensive leadership experience, coupled with her deep understanding of Dartmouth’s values and culture of volunteer leadership, will enhance our ability to enlist alumni in advancing our mission globally.” 

Outside of her professional career, Bascomb has a record of nonprofit board leadership and volunteer service both in her community and at Dartmouth. Among her many Dartmouth volunteer roles, she has served as vice president of the Association of Alumni, president of the Dartmouth Club of Maine, alumni councilor, alumni admissions interviewer, and Dartmouth College Fund volunteer.

She returns to Dartmouth after serving as director of marketing and business development for Portland, Maine-based BerryDunn, Northern New England’s largest independent public accounting and consulting firm. Prior to joining BerryDunn in 2001, Bascomb worked in marketing and leadership roles with Gofish.com, Unum Life Insurance, and L.L. Bean.

“This is an exciting time to return to Hanover to support an alumni body that is second to none,” Bascomb says. “As we approach the 250th anniversary of Dartmouth, I hope to use the opportunity to expand our incredibly active alumni network by building on the strong bonds we have and continuing to find ways for all of us to be connected to each other and with Dartmouth. There are so many ways to engage our community around the globe, and I look forward to continuing Dartmouth's commitment to her alumni for years to come.”

The Vice President for Alumni Relations provides strategic vision and direction for alumni communications, engagement, programming, and volunteer leadership in service to the College and its global alumni network of more than 81,000 alumni. She leads a team that oversees alumni leadership, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, class activities, regional communities, and the Admissions Ambassador and Dartmouth for Life programs, as well as lifelong learning programs, on behalf of undergraduate alumni and alumni of Dartmouth’s graduate and professional schools.

As an undergraduate, Bascomb earned her psychology degree and was an Agnes Kurtz Award winner in women’s rugby, captain of the track and cross-country teams, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Bascomb and her husband, David Van Wie ’79, GRAD ’84, Thayer ’84, have two children, Rosa ’12 and Garrett. 

She succeeds Martha J. Beattie ’76, who will retire after more than seven years at the helm of Alumni Relations.

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