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Penn State Alumni Association Membership Surpasses 160,000 Mark

"The world's largest dues-paying alumni association has become even larger" said Executive Director Roger Williams

Penn State Alumni Association Membership Surpasses 160,000 Mark

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (July 9, 2008)—As of the close of the fiscal year on June 30, the Penn State Alumni Association became the first dues-paying alumni association ever to top the 160,000-member threshold, gaining nearly 1,000 members to reach a record high of 160,742.

“The world’s largest dues-paying alumni association has become even larger again this year, due to the ever-increasing desire of our graduates to stay connected to Penn State and due, as well, to a tremendous staff that works hard to recruit and retain them,” said Executive Director Roger L. Williams. “We are grateful for the incredible loyalty of our members, who have joined at a rate (34.4 percent) that is twice the national average for alumni organizations of our kind.”

In a tough economic year, the Alumni Association increased from 159,831 to 160,742 members, a net growth of 911 members for a growth rate of 0.6 percent. Over the last five years, the Alumni Association has added 14,123 members, an increase of 9.6 percent.

Within the past year’s growth dynamic, the biggest surge came from life members, whose numbers grew from 89,799 in 2007 to 93,243 in 2008– an increase of 3,444 or 3.8 percent. The Penn State Alumni Association has the largest life membership, as well as total membership, in the world. Life members now compose 58 percent of total membership, while annual members account for 42 percent.

“Our status as the world’s largest dues-paying alumni association is a point of pride for Penn Staters everywhere, and we are delighted to be No. 1 again this year,” said Alumni Association President David C. Han. “We are especially pleased to see continued strong growth in life members. Our life members represent some of the most committed and loyal Penn State alumni and form a strong core for our alumni association. Before long, we expect to surpass the 100,000 mark for life members.”

The number of “active, addressable” alumni (all alumni for whom at least a street address is available) for the year ending June 30, 2008, is 467,701. That number has grown by 4,481 alumni in the last year, up from 463,220 in 2007. While Penn Staters are scattered all over the globe, 40 percent of them live in five metropolitan areas: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Pa., New York City and Washington, D.C.