Northwestern names new alumni director
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Van Den Broek has been working in higher education since graduating from
Van Den Broek returned to her alma mater as an admissions counselor in 2005. Ron De Jong, vice president for external relations, says Van Den Broek has a “tremendous work ethic” and is exceptionally relational. “Rachel has been a critical contributor to the college’s record enrollment,” he says.
Van Den Broek, a native of
“I’m excited to hear stories of alums’ experiences as students,” she says, “and I want to find out what’s been happening in their lives since then.”
“Rachel is creative, innovative and high energy,” says John Greller, vice president for advancement. Van Den Broek also loves to travel, and Greller says, “I envision her taking Northwestern on the road to alumni and friends of the college across the country.”
Van Den Broek used technology to enhance her admissions role, and Greller expects she will do the same with alumni and parents. “Rachel will look for new ways to meaningfully reconnect alumni with their alma mater through online communities and networking,” he says.
A sociology major who graduated from Northwestern with honors, Van Den Broek was an admissions ambassador and student government representative. She was honored as the college’s Homecoming queen during her senior year.
Van Den Broek participated in Spring Service Projects all four years she was in college. As a Northwestern employee, she has helped lead two service trips to
Van Den Broek replaces Karen Woudstra, who served as director of alumni and parent relations from 2001 until 2006.