Presbyterian College alumna Ashtin Frank Lizanich ’15 continues answering her alma mater’s call to serve.
After serving just short of five years as director of college and advancement events, Lizanich is now PC’s director of alumni relations – a role she relishes tackling.
“I’m excited for a new challenge,” she said. “I learned a lot working in events and met so many amazing people. Now I’m looking forward to spending more time one-on-one with our alumni. I want to build relationships and invest time into them by listening to them. I want us to have conversations and discuss ways PC can strengthen relationships with alumni that will have a greater impact in our community and for our prospective and current students.”
Lizanich’s professional career began at PC – beginning as an intern in the advancement office her senior year before taking her first job post-college working in client relations and marketing in Greenville for a few years before returning home as PC’s events director. Now, as the alumni relations director, she hopes her growth will continue.
“I’m really grateful that I get to continue my professional journey here,” Lizanich reveals. “I’m thankful for the people I work with and excited about continuing the great work of those before me”
A huge part of that work, she stated, will be serving as the primary liaison between alumni and PC – especially listening to them. In her first year, Lizanich states she plans to go on a listening tour to discover what alumni expect and the ways in which they can assist the college in continuing to succeed.
“I want to make sure their voices are heard,” she expressed. “As a former student, I know how my PC experience was. Now I’m excited to hear what other alumni’s experiences at PC were like. It will probably be different – however also similar in their own way.”
As she spreads the good news about PC to its alumni, Lizanich indicated that she hopes to assist in establishing a program for social media ambassadors to share the good news with their classmates and networks.
“I want all of our alumni to be proud of the college they went to,” she mentioned. “We need to be able to boast more and be more engaging. I want to find alumni who want to impact students’ lives and help the next generation of Blue Hose find their path and build an affinity for the institution.”
Young and vintage Blue Hose can expect Lizanich to bring the same type of enthusiasm to alumni relations that she brought to College events.
“I am thrilled to be the new director of alumni relations,” she said. “I’ve already received so many calls and texts congratulating and supporting me. I’m feeling the love. We might have experienced PC in different ways and at different times but we share the same love for PC.”