Members of the Ireland United States Alumni Association (IUSA) gathered at the Inaugural Alumni Congress to elect the first board of directors of the Association. After agreeing Articles of Association, members voted in Prof. Paul O’Connor, Professor of Law at University College Dublin and Fulbright, Irish Institute and NATO Institute alumnus, as the first President of the Association. Along with eleven other members and two ex officio representatives of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association and the Washington Ireland Program Alumni Network, the board will serve to lead the development of the Association as set out in the vision and mission statement and key objectives.
Following the elections, board member, Prof. Paul Donnelly presented the Strategic Plan for the IUSA for 2012 – 2014, clearly outlining the direction for the Association for the next three years. The board will rely upon the active participation of its members to ensure full implementation of the plans.
Congress concluded by acknowledging the support of the Office of Alumni Affairs for the conference and congress, thanking WIP alumnus, Leah Yeung for reimagining and redesigning the IUSA website and inviting all to enjoy a celebration of the new Association.