College Alumni Council
CLAS is now two new colleges
The purpose of the UNC Charlotte College Alumni Council is to strengthen the relationship between alumni, students, and the faculty/staff of the College(s). The Alumni Council serves the College of Humanities & Earth and Social Sciences (CHESS) and the College of Science (COS), and it will engage alumni to make meaningful connections and advance career opportunities for current students and the initiatives of the College.
Applications for the Alumni Council are collected all year, with priority given to applications received by March 15. The council will review applications shortly after and invite new members to join the council in the May/June timeframe. Open positions will vary by Academic Year, with 3-year terms (preferred).
The Alumni Council will provide value by:
- Increasing alumni representation and involvement with CHESS, COS, and UNC Charlotte
- Serving as ambassadors in the community and at alumni events
- Creating meaningful connections with students through networking, mentoring and career development opportunities
- Supporting Development efforts to advance each College and its students
- Connecting with faculty and staff for mentoring and project involvement
- Supporting the importance of a degrees found within the two Colleges.
If you would like to support the Alumni Council development efforts directly, please use fund code #660090.
Letter from the PRESIDENT
Dear Fellow Alumni,
Both the College of Humanities & Earth and Social Sciences and the College of Science have played an integral role in the development of its students, now alumni. As president of the Colleges’ Alumni Council, I am focused on addressing three key areas of support to our alma mater.
- Giving Back. We encourage alumni to do this by donating their time, expertise and resources.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Our College and Alumni Council strive to represent various perspectives and experiences and to provide all members in our community with a voice.
- Strategic Programming. We execute initiatives that support the holistic development of our students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Join me as we honor the past, embrace the present, and fearlessly shape the future.
—Andrew Baker ‘15
Andrew Baker ’15 is the Alumni Council president for the two Colleges. He keeps himself motivated with this popular, inspirational quote: “Honor the past, embrace the present, and build towards the future.” The philosophy guided him through his time as an undergraduate, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Mass Media Concentration, with a double minor in Journalism and Religious Studies.
Immediately after graduation, Andrew participated as a board member on the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Chapter for five years. He served as President from 2018-20. During his tenure, he helped streamline many of the organizational structures and processes that scaffolded programs like the 10 Under Ten Awards, Dollars for Scholars, Senior Send-Off, Hops and Headshots and Young Alumni Signing Day, nurturing them into annual events. He continues his involvement as a major investor on the planning committees for UNC Charlotte fundraisers Niner Nation Gives and the Green Tie Gala. He also participated in the early rebranding discussions for the Charlotte 49ers Department of Athletics.
Andrew is a Digital Marketing Strategist at Autobell® Car Wash and is also an asset to the greater Charlotte community through his development and philanthropic efforts. He is a game day announcer for the Miracle League during the fall and spring seasons, and during the summer and winter, hosts a diverse ability bowling league, Dream to Achieve, alongside his wife, founding CLAS Alumni Council President Emily Kupsky Baker ’15.
His numerous honors include the 2023 Most Outstanding Young Alumnus Award at UNC Charlotte, 2021 10 Under Ten Award at UNC Charlotte, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 2020 STANDOUT Charlottean, the 2018 YUSA 30 Under 30 award, the 2018 Elevate Lifestyle 30 Under 30 award, and the 2017 Distinguished Alumni award from the Student Niner Media organization at UNC Charlotte.