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Paul Rucker | Executive Director Ex-Officio

Class of 1995, Bachelor of Arts, School of Communication
Class of 2002, Master of Public Administration, Evans School of Public Policy

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Since 2009, Paul has served as senior alumni relations officer at the University of Washington (UW), one of the world’s leading public research universities with 59,000 students on three campuses, 20,000 faculty and staff and more than 525,000 alumni worldwide.  As vice president for alumni and stakeholder engagement, Paul serves as executive director of the UW Alumni Association, a 130-year non-profit organization committed to advancing higher education in the State of Washington and supporting the UW. Paul is a member of the UW President’s Cabinet and the Executive Team for University Advancement, which leads all institutional engagement, marketing and communications, and philanthropic programs and services. In 2020, the UW successfully completed Be Boundless — For Washington, for the World, the ambitious $6.3 billion campaign to transform the student experience, drive public good, expand impact and empower innovation.

Paul is a long-time volunteer for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), having served as a Trustee and current member of the Council for US and Canada. Paul also serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE).  He is a recipient of the CASE VIII 2020 Distinguished Service Award and is a frequent speaker on the strategic integration of alumni relations in higher education and alumni legislative advocacy program administration.  Paul earned his Master of Public Administration at the UW’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and his undergraduate degree at the UW’s School of Communications.  Paul returned to work at his alma mater in 2004.