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Salz sees new GU Alumni Council as an opportunity for service

Published: May 04, 2023

After serving in several capacities on the Greenville University Alumni Board, Carl Salz had a vision of a complimentary board that would expand the University’s reach in communities across the nation.

Fifteen members of that new group – the GU Alumni Council – met for the first time this spring. And Salz is excited about what he saw.

Salz sees new GU Alumni Council as an opportunity for service

“It has a startup feel,” he said. “We brought on 15 people in our inaugural class, and plan to eventually expand it to 75 or more. We want the council members to help connect alumni and friends of the University by hosting regional events, by referring prospective students to GU, and by telling the story of GU to people in their home area.”

Salz, pictured at right, graduated in 2001 with a business management degree and first joined the alumni board nearly two decades ago. He eventually moved through the organization’s chairs, serving as president from 2007 to 2009. Through that long run on the board, he realized that the 33-member governing board could be more efficient if it were smaller. And, conversely, a larger, activity-oriented council could better connect with a wider range of alums and prospects.

Salz said that his long tenure on the board stems from GU’s impact on him as a student.

“The focus on character and service that I encountered at Greenville has shaped my outlook on life since then,” he said. “On the character side, it has motivated me to operate differently because of my Christian faith. I have tried to live out that faith through a focus on serving others.”

Salz and his wife, Emily (Jacob ‘01), have three teenage children and live in Austin, Texas. Since graduating from GU, he has earned a master’s in business administration and a doctorate in organizational leadership. He’s kept in touch with the University by teaching online business classes since 2010.

He has held management and consulting positions with several financial and technology companies in San Francisco, Denver, New York City, and currently Austin.

“My time at Greenville involved a lot of spiritual growth,” Salz said. “As a result, I have stayed close to many classmates and faculty members from that time in my life. Coming back for board meetings has always been a blessing for me, and I hope it will be for the new council members as well.”

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