Gretchen Dobson

Academic Assembly, Australia
Gretchen Dobson

My name is Gretchen Dobson and I am currently the Vice-President, International Alumni & Graduate Services and Managing Director, Australia for Academic Assembly. Our firm leads institutions, governments and member-based organisations towards sustainable international alumni engagement strategies and solutions. For the last 10 years I have focused on developing the initial literature on the topic of international alumni relations and provided new definitions for the diverse alumni constituencies higher education serves. I am passionate about continuing to help the EAIE lead new research on this topic, one that I believe is a critical component to internationalisation. I am currently serving my first term as a Steering group member for the Expert Community Alumni Relations and am seeking a second term so, together, Alumni Relations and our members may advance an important agenda which includes identifying best practices in our field along with in-person and online professional development programs. Finally, my own global background provides me with a comparative perspective of alumni relations from which our Expert Community and EAIE membership can benefit.