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The College of Charleston’s more than 89,000 alumni are served by a staff of eight full-time professionals assisted by several student interns each semester. If you have a question, need assistance, or just want to stop by to say hello the next time you visit campus, please don’t hesitate to contact them at alumni@cofc.edu or 843-953-5630.

 

Ann Looper Pryor '83

Vice President, Alumni Affairs

About Ann | pryoral@cofc.edu | (843) 953-2060

In November 2015, Ann Pryor returned to her alma mater to become Vice President, Alumni Affairs. She leads a staff of eight to serve CofC’s more than 82,000 alumni.

Ann earned her BA degree in political science from the College in 1983 and moved to Washington, D.C., to begin her professional career on Capitol Hill, working three years for U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond.

Prior to joining the College staff, Ann was Chief Operating Officer of The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington, D.C., and directed its business operations, communications, and marketing programs. She worked for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for twelve years. As Director of Public Relations from 2002-2008, she increased media coverage of the landscape architecture profession and rebranded and marketed the ASLA’s annual meeting, doubling paid attendance in four years. She established ASLA’s social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. In 2008, she was promoted to Publisher of Landscape Architecture Magazine, directing a team of 11 in producing two-thirds of ASLA’s annual revenue. In 2014, she launched the capital campaign to renovate the ASLA headquarters building.

From 1998-2002, Ann served as Director of Regional Alliances for McGraw-Hill Construction, promoting Architectural Record and Engineering News-Record magazines, among other brands. She was Director of Government Affairs for the American Institute of Architects from 1989-1995, representing the architecture profession before Congress and the White House on issues including historic preservation, small business, and surface transportation. She worked at the AIA chapter level in South Carolina and California from 1995-1998. From 1987-1989, Ann was Director of Publications & Program Services for the National Industrial Transportation League.

Ann is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She and her husband, Greg, reside in Charleston with their two dogs, Tallulah and Biscuit.

 

Karen Burroughs-Jones

Karen Burroughs Jones’ 74

Director, Alumni Communications and Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association

About Karen | JonesK@cofc.edu | (843) 953-5773

Karen is the Director of Communications for the Office of Alumni Affairs at the College of Charleston. She is also Executive Secretary of the College of Charleston Alumni Association. She has worked in Alumni Affairs at the College of Charleston since 1991. Karen served as Assistant Director under Tony Meyer ’49 until 1995 and assumed the role of Director of Alumni Affairs after his retirement. In 1999, she was elected Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association and in 2005, she was named Director of Alumni Communications.

In her role as Executive Secretary, Karen works closely with the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and committees in fulfilling the goals of the Association’s strategic plan to help alumni stay informed, get involved and give back. She has focused efforts in creating a pipeline of potential Alumni Board members who will mirror the demographics of the alumni body. She led the Association’s efforts in creating the first Alumni Awards Gala in 2000 and has championed the creation of more than 20 new alumni scholarships since 1991, including the new scholarship in her name. As Director of Alumni Communications, Karen reviews communications sent to alumni and works with Alumni Affairs staff in preparing the ever-popular “Class Notes” for the College of Charleston Magazine and the alumni e-newsletter, Cougar Tales.

She has served as advisor for the Student Alumni Associates and as the faculty/staff advisor for Chi Omega. She has also been president of the Chi Omega House Corporation for over 20 years.

Karen earned a B.S. degree in psychology from the College in 1974. Following graduation, she moved to Rochester, NY, and worked as a clinic manager at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital. In 1988, she moved to Mount Pleasant and was elected to serve as a member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. She has two children, Ashley Jones Smith ’00 and Clayton Jones, and one granddaughter, Baylor Smith.

Meredith Chance

Meredith L. Chance '16

Associate Director, Alumni Chapters and Affinity Groups

About Meredith | chancem@cofc.edu | (843) 953-6631

Meredith became Associate Director of Alumni Chapters and Affinity Groups for the College of Charleston Office of Alumni Affairs in September 2016. She directs operations for more than 40 Alumni Association chapters across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, to connect with more than 82,000 alumni worldwide.

In addition, Meredith manages over 160 individual chapter events and an annual budget of nearly $50,000. She ensures chapters operate within the Alumni Association bylaws and mission, which is to provide support to the College of Charleston. She collaborates with Career Services, Admissions, the Cougar Club, the Black Alumni Council, other affinity-based organizations and corporate employers in order to engage alumni in events and programs around the country.

Prior to her current position, Meredith was the Assistant Director of Chapter Development for the College of Charleston Alumni Relations office for nine years. In this position, she oversaw chapter event planning, scheduled and promoted alumni chapter events, and organized events in collaboration with the Admissions Office and Cougar Club. In this role, she developed the annual Alumni Chapter Leadership Conference, which is in its seventh consecutive year.

Meredith first joined the College of Charleston Alumni Relations office in January 2006 as the Events Coordinator, where she coordinated and executed major events hosted by the College of Charleston Alumni Association.

Meredith earned a B.A. degree in English from Clemson University in 2004 and an M.A. degree in English from the College of Charleston in 2016. She is a member of Kappa Delta. Meredith and her significant other, Kevin, reside on James Island with their dog, Finnegan.

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Najeema Davis Washington

Associate Director, Alumni Engagement & Career Services

About Najeema | washingtonnd@cofc.edu | (843) 953-1833

Najeema Davis Washington joined the Alumni Affairs team as Associate Director, Alumni Engagement and Career Services. Ms. Washington is a proud alumna of Spelman College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Political Science, minoring in English. She earned her MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Washington worked from 2010-17 as a Senior Analyst for the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., and has led her own digital strategy and social media consulting firm since 2011. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Ms. Washington is a native Charlestonian, graduating from Ashley Hall, and has a great affinity for the College as she attended both ECDC and the Governor's School here, learned to swim in the Stern Center pool and attended basketball camps under Coach Kresse. In her new position, she will develop communications programs, workshops, and resources to support our alumni in advancing their careers.

Laney T. Friedman '12

Assistant Director, Events

About Laney | cltalber1@cofc.edu | (843) 953-7108

In May 2015, Laney took over as Assistant Director of Alumni Events for the College of Charleston Office of Alumni Affairs. In this role she plans, coordinates, and executes the Alumni Association’s signature events during Fall and Spring Alumni Weekends, including the Alumni Awards Gala and A Charleston Affair. In addition, Laney manages the Alumni Association’s governance meetings, receptions, and other events throughout the year.

She collaborates with dozens of College departments and outside vendors to successfully execute events for alumni. Laney also recruits and directs dozens of student, alumni, and staff volunteers to assist with events. Net proceeds from these events benefit the Alumni Association’s programs and scholarships for the College.

In 2016, Laney successfully completed her Certification in Meeting Planning, the most prestigious certification in the meeting and events industry, allowing her to use the honorific “CMP” after her name.

Laney earned her BA degree in hospitality tourism management and business administration in 2012 from the College. After graduation, she worked in the Charleston hospitality industry for several years before returning to serve her alma mater.

Laney is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and serves as a chapter advisor at the College. She and her husband, Matt, reside in West Ashley.

Kendra Wall '16

Assistant Director, Alumni Research

About Kendra | wallkr@cofc.edu | (843) 953-5630

Kendra was promoted to Assistant Director, Alumni Research, in November 2016 after working as Administrative Assistant for the department for five months. She dedicates her time to finding, corresponding with, and maintaining database records of over 82,000 College of Charleston alumni. Kendra works with departments across campus to ensure quality data is being recorded, to fulfil data requests, and to provide reports as needed.

Prior to working for Alumni Affairs, Kendra was a full time student at the College. Active in the College of Charleston’s History Club, inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society in 2015, and awarded Outstanding History Student Award with Service by the College’s History department in 2016, Kendra uses her passion for involvement to fuel her drive to give back to her beloved alma mater.

Kendra is from San Diego, CA, and currently resides in Hanahan with her cat, Baby. She enjoys her time out of the office by fishing, visiting the numerous beaches Charleston has to offer, and reading books on military and biographical history.

  

Lauren Hurlock '14

Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications

About Lauren | ljhurloc@cofc.edu | (843) 953-1926

In November 2016, Lauren Hurlock returned to the College to become Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications for the Office of Alumni Affairs. She manages communications to alumni, including the monthly Cougar Tales alumni e-newsletter, Class Notes, and dozens of e-newsletters and emails from faculty, schools, programs, and organizations. She oversees the Alumni Association’s social media channels on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. In addition, she works with the College of Charleston Ring program and is an advisor for the Student Alumni Associates.

While studying at the College, Lauren worked at the Apple Store King Street as a Specialist, focusing on building customer relationships, especially with enterprise customers. After graduation, she joined the marketing team at SPARC, where her love for writing, design, and tech was channeled into marketing. Lauren managed marketing for Stre.am by InfiniteTakes, in addition to operations and logistics for the start-up. Due to her team’s efforts, Stre.am was a finalist for the 2015 SXSW Innovation Award in Innovation in Connecting People.

Before joining the Alumni Affairs team, Lauren worked as Marketing Support Specialist for Stealth Concealment, where she performed web updates, created social media content, wrote and sent newsletters, and provided extensive sales support. As the Marketing Manager for Twelve South, LLC, she was responsible for the brand’s international press, marketing, social media, reporting and analytics, and assisted with trade shows and press events.

Lauren earned her BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from the College in 2014. When not in the office, Lauren is usually by the water racing her surfski kayak, combing for Megalodon teeth, or curled up with a book.