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Oct. 20, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU names Bailey new director of alumni engagement

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – After an extensive search, Slippery Rock University has selected Kelly Bailey as its new director of alumni engagement. Bailey will assume the role Nov. 1.

The position, formerly director of alumni relations, was enhanced to acknowledge the University’s increased efforts to provide more avenues for alumni involvement, particularly in the area of young alumni development and constituency programming.

Bailey joins the University from Thiel College where she served for five years as the director of annual giving and parent relations. Prior to Thiel, she spent five years as the executive director of the Northern Mercer County United Way.

“Kelly is a terrific addition to the Office of Alumni Engagement and will bring new energy and excellent skills to take our program to the next level,” said Barbara Ender, vice president for university advancement. “She has a record for success in working with a volunteer board, growing membership, fund-and-friend-raising, and organizing special events.”

Bailey will provide the vision and leadership to manage a comprehensive alumni program that serves more than 55,000 alumni around the world, and will be the liaison to the SRU Alumni Association.

The association, which is led by a volunteer board of directors, exists to promote, strengthen and perpetuate relationships among alumni and the entire University community, to encourage volunteering and participation, and to support the University’s goals and objectives.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to create new ways for alumni to be involved and create a lifelong relationship with the University. I look forward to working with the president, vice president, faculty, staff, students and especially the alumni to build upon the already great program that exists,” Bailey said.

“One of my goals is to create programs that add value, helping all our alumni to understand the importance of staying connected with the University,” she said.

Bailey received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Mary Washington College in 2001 and her master’s in public policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. Her husband, Jonathan, ’96, and father, Bruce Turcic, ’87, are proud SRU alumni.

She is the president-elect of the Greenville Rotary Club and has been active in the Women’s Action Group, Friends of the Library, Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce and the College Club of Sharon.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.