Corporate executive and management expert Jenifer Andrasko (Darden ’10), a former U.S. Navy pilot, mission commander and NATO officer, will be the University of Virginia Alumni Association’s next president and CEO.
Andrasko, 39, will be the first female president of the Alumni Association, which will have its 179th anniversary July 4. She emerged from a national search field of 114 applicants. What made her stand out: “Her enthusiasm and energy,” says UVA Alumni Association Board of Managers Vice Chair Meredith B. Jenkins (Col ’93). “Over the course of the process that deepened.”
Andrasko comes to the post from global consulting giant Bain & Company, where she headed “Results Delivery,” keyed to helping organizations reach their full potential. An expert in leadership development and building management teams, Andrasko helped found Bain’s Leadership Center
Prior to joining Bain, Andrasko served nearly 10 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy, as a P-3 pilot and mission commander, deploying twice in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, as well as participating in NATO missions in Kosovo. Later, she served at NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, having significant operational responsibility for the alliance’s strategic and organizational initiatives.
Jenkins says Andrasko comes to the association, and the University, at an opportune time. “We have hired a transformational leader just as the University approaches the dawn of its third century, mounts a major capital campaign and undertakes a presidential search of its own. Jen brings not just considerable management skill but also drive and enthusiasm as she leads the University of Virginia Alumni Association to fulfill its ongoing mission of serving our 225,000 worldwide alumni and engaging them with their beloved alma mater,” Jenkins says.
Says Andrasko, “The University is at an inflection point, where there is potential for transformational change. With that comes tremendous energy, and I want to be a part of that.” Amid such a time of change, she adds, “There’s a voice and a role for the Alumni Association to play in protecting our core values and the mission of this institution.”
At Darden, Andrasko was a Jefferson Graduate Fellow, a member of the Raven and Omicron Delta Kappa honorary societies and a student representative on the UVA Honor Committee.
Andrasko also earned a master’s degree in strategic planning from the Naval Postgraduate School and a BA in political science from Duke University.
Andrasko lives in Charlottesville with her husband and three children, ages 5, 4 and 1. She begins her new post July 1, succeeding Tom Faulders (Col ’71).