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Bill Coen, assistant vice president for Alumni Relations, will retire from Pacific the end of December.

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Bill Coen retirement reception Dec. 17

Dec 8, 2014

The University community is invited to share in wishing a happy retirement to Bill Coen, assistant vice president for Alumni Relations, who retires the end of this year after more than 14 years of outstanding service. A retirement reception will be held in the Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House from 4 - 6 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Since Coen began at Pacific in 2000, he has been a key leader in the development and ongoing success of the Pacific Alumni Association. He led a reorganization of the Association, which saw increased involvement of volunteers and significant increases in attendance at alumni events and reunions. He played a key role in the successful return of Homecoming for the first time in 18 years, which brought together students, parents, alumni and their families and community members.

Coen championed the addition of the Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House, completed in 2011, which was built and furnished almost entirely through alumni support. During his tenure, regional clubs and affinity groups also emerged—such as the Black, Pride and Latino alumni clubs—and affinity reunions are now held every year. Coen also helped create and sustain strategic partnerships with University departments, such as the Office of Admission and Athletics. He has also helped increase alumni engagement with current students through recruiting alumni experts as classroom speakers and developing the alumni mentor program with the Career Resource Center.

Upon retirement, Coen and his wife, Jan, plan to return home to Utah to be closer to family.  

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