It is hard to believe it has been two years since I began serving as president of the SFA Alumni Association. When I began my term, I had no idea what was ahead. I recall being told by a predecessor that I likely would have a large number of goals to achieve, but I would be surprised at how quickly the first year would fly by. She was right! As I compose this letter, I am just days away from leading my final board meeting and participating in Homecoming as association president.
While some of my initial goals may not have been accomplished, I am proud of the board’s achievements. It all began a couple of association presidents before me, as they set out with the common vision to create synergy and work as a more unified team than ever before. Prior to this commitment, efforts were positive and fruitful, but lacked unity. I admire the leadership across SFA for making bold moves to ensure that the university and alumni work together. It is worth it for the greater good of SFA.
The university and alumni leadership have one vision and one plan, which is aligned to engage and support alumni, increase enrollment, create an amazing experience for SFA students, and support our faculty and staff. I am excited to see the further developments of this unified effort.
I want to thank the SFA Alumni Association staff, board and committee members, ambassadors, and alumni and friends for believing in and supporting me as association president. I also want to thank the alumni presidents before me, who worked so hard to achieve more than we ever could imagine. I also want to recognize the university’s leadership for being patient and easy to work alongside. Finally, I must thank my family for supporting me throughout this venture.
Thanks for allowing me to lead this amazing association!
Axe ’em, Jacks!
David Madrid ’02 - Bossier City, Louisiana
Past President, SFA Alumni Association