John Feudo Resigns UMass Amherst Posts in Advancement, Alumni Association

AMHERST, Mass. - John Feudo, associate vice chancellor for University Advancement and executive director of the University of Massachusetts Alumni Association, is resigning from the University. Feudo will become executive director of the University of Connecticut Alumni Association. He will leave UMass in early February.

Royster Hedgepeth, vice chancellor for University Advancement, said: "While we are sorry to see John go, we extend our congratulations and best wishes to him in his new endeavors. He leaves alumni relations and the alumni association far stronger and more involved because of his leadership and direction."

Hedgepeth noted in particular that under Feudo''s direction the number of UMass alumni clubs has substantially increased; a successful alumni membership program has been initiated; alumni association awards, scholarships, and faculty support programs have grown dramatically; the association has adopted a strategic plan; and marketing and communications for UMass alumni have also increased.

"I''ve loved my six years at UMass," says Feudo. "The staff and volunteers with whom I''ve worked are among the nicest, most dedicated people I have ever known. As difficult as it is to leave, UMass will always have a special place in my heart."

He said he also takes much personal pride in having served as co-chair of the campus beautification committee, moderating the radio program "UMass Matters," and teaching undergraduates in his class on public relations each semester. Feudo also played a major role in town-gown relations between the University and the town of Amherst.

Feudo was named director of the office of alumni relations at UMass in 1993. In 1995, he was promoted to associate vice chancellor for University Advancement.