Bohlender named new executive director of CSU Alumni Association

Christina Vessa

Kristi Bohlender, Executive Director, Colorado State University Alumni Association, May 27, 2015. (Photo Credit: CSU Source).
Kristi Bohlender, executive director of Colorado State University Alumni Association. (Photo Courtesy: SOURCE)

The Colorado State University Alumni Association will be led by a fresh face come August.

Kristi Bohlender will begin her position as the executive director of the Alumni Association starting Aug. 1. Currently, she is the director of development for the College of Liberal Arts until she succeeds Colleen Meyer, the previous executive director of the Alumni Association.

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Bohlender earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from CSU. During her time as a student at the University, Bohlender was an orientation leader, a ropes course facilitator and a residence hall assistant, according to a press release. After graduating from CSU, she worked in the Athletics Department for 20 years as assistant athletic director for development.

Vice President for University Advancement Brett Anderson said Bohlender is a strategic thinker that will help the Alumni Association evolve and make changes.

“She hits on so many important things for where we are at as an Alumni Association, and where we want to go,” Anderson said. “It is important that the head of our Alumni Association be an alum because (there is) a lot more credibility. She is passionate for CSU, a great leader, mentor and very personable.”

Anderson said Bohlender is expected to serve the Alumni Association for many years to come as long as she is doing a great job.

“I think it is important to have continuity in the leadership of the Alumni Association,” Anderson said. “You don’t want to have turnover because she is going to make personal connections with as many alumni as possible. I hope she will stay until she retires.”

Anderson said Bohlender’s leadership will benefit the Alumni Association.

“Our alumni, along with our students, are the lifeblood of our university,” Anderson said. “Once you graduate from CSU, you are a Ram forever and it is important for us to stay connected with our alumni for many reasons.”

Collegian Reporter Christina Vessa can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @ChrissyVessa.