The third week of October was a big one for Todd McCubbin, filled with new opportunities as he became executive director of the MU Alumni Association and associate vice chancellor for alumni relations.
But there was more.
“It was a good week … all the way around,” McCubbin said. “Homecoming is always fun; add the appointment on top of that, and I got to meet Brad Pitt on the same day — that was pretty cool.”
McCubbin served as interim executive director since May, when J. Todd Coleman left to join Purdue University in Indiana.
“Being offered the job was a humbling experience. I’ve worked for the association for nine years, and I know what a fantastic job this truly is,” McCubbin said. “I look forward to continuing the great relationships I’ve built with our outstanding staff of 18 full-time employees, over 1,000 volunteers and supporters, and working to support a world class university.”
The Alumni Association is an affiliate organization of the university.
“Our mission is to support the best interest of Missouri’s flagship institution, which is the University of Missouri-Columbia,” McCubbin said.
The association provides a connection with past graduates and the university, aiming to maintain strong relationships that last a lifetime.
McCubbin has worked his way up the ladder by serving as director of marketing and assistant executive director and dealing with marketing, special events and athletic events. His favorite part of the job is the relationships he makes with the students and alumni.
“Everyone has a Mizzou story to tell,” he said.
The hardest part, however, is when students graduate and move away, he said. The friendships are made through working together on different projects, and it is emotionally difficult when they have to move on to other things, McCubbin said.
In the spring, the Alumni Association also holds a 50-year reunion and, in the fall, the faculty and alumni award ceremony. The association also sponsors the True Tigers, the Tiger Walk for freshmen and graduating seniors and coordinates events for the 112 alumni chapters around the country.
McCubbin earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Truman State University in 1993, and his master’s degree in education from MU in 1995. He worked in the athletic and marketing departments, where he handled partnership programs with athletics and organizations like the Alumni Association while attending MU.
His goal after graduation was to become an athletic director or an athletic administrator. “It doesn’t make a difference what your degree is in,” McCubbin said. “Obviously, people find their own niche.”