Dennis Brown | May 6, 2019
Charles F. “Chuck” Lennon Jr., associate vice president and executive director of the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association for 30 years, died Saturday, May 4. He was 80.
“Few people have so enthusiastically stood for and represented Notre Dame like Chuck,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “He was a fount of optimism, knowledge and love for his alma mater who will be dearly missed. Our prayers are with Joan and his family.”
Under Lennon’s leadership, the Notre Dame Alumni Association earned a national reputation for innovation in programming. It was among the first to offer continuing education programming – including the Hesburgh Lecture Series and Excellence in Teaching program – and to initiate community service programs that have been emulated throughout American higher education.
Lennon also led in the creation of the Black, Hispanic, Asian Pacific and Native American alumni groups and expanded the roles for women, senior, young and international alumni within the association.
The association also developed the website FaithND (formerly Pray@ND), created a career development program for graduates and established new communications and networking forums for alumni engagement.
The vast network of Notre Dame Clubs in cities and towns across the country and around the world is arguably the most extensive in higher education and plays a central role in maintaining the strong bond between Notre Dame and its alumni. Under Lennon’s direction, the number of clubs grew from 151 to 276, including more than 60 internationally, upon his retirement in 2011.
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