Chuck Lennon joins the Monogram Club Board of Directors in 2011 to serve as an advisor under president Dick Nussbaum.
A member of the Notre Dame community for 51 years, Lennon has served as the executive director of the University's Alumni Association since 1981. He will retire on June 30, 2011, after 30 years of service to the more than 128,000 members of the organization.
Under Lennon's leadership, the Alumni Association has earned a national reputation for innovation in programming. It was among the first to offer continuing education programming--including the Hesburgh Lecture Series and Excellence in Teaching Conference--and to initiate community service programs that have been emulated throughout American higher education. Yale and Stanford Universities are among those with community service programs modeled on Notre Dame's.
Lennon also led in the creation of the Black, Hispanic, Asian-Pacific, and Native American alumni groups and expanded the roles for women, senior and Young Alumni, and international graduates within the Alumni Association.
A native of Joliet, Ill., Lennon received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame in 1961 after earning two monograms in baseball and serves as president of his class. He earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling from the University in 1962 and served as an assistant basketball and baseball coach until 1967. He also served two years as the University's coordinator of research and sponsored programs.
After leaving the University, Lennon held executive directorships with the Mental Health Association of St. Joseph County, the South Bend Model Cities Program, the community Development Agency, the Department of Redevelopment, and the Housing Allowance Office. He was president of the St. Joseph Insurance Agency from 1978 to 1981 and completed 13 years as a member of the South Bend Community School Board, and served in all officer positions.
Lennon has taught a management course at the graduate and undergraduate levels in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. He received the Alumni Association's Armstrong Award in 1989 and the Notre Dame Presidential Award in 1993. In 1992, he was presented with the Irish Clover Award by the Notre Dame student body. He received the Professional Development Award for Mentoring Minorities in 2001 from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Lennon also received an honorary Doctorate of Laws at the 2001 Notre Dame Commencement Ceremony. In June of 2011, he was inducted into the Irish Baseball Hall of Fame in New York City.
Lennon was named executive director of the Alumni Association in 1981. The surprise announcement of his promotion to associate vice president of university relations was made by then-president Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., in front of 3,500 alumni at the 1999 Alumni Reunion.
Lennon and his wife, Joan, have five children, three of whom are Notre Dame graduates: Sean, Molly, Brian, Colleen and Kevin. They also have 16 grandchildren.