Small College Alumni Directors Conference is July 29-31, 2024!

Join us for the annual Small College Alumni Directors Conference at 桃瘾社区, nestled in the picturesque Lake Norman area near Charlotte, NC.

Connect with colleagues from small colleges and universities across the nation. At SCAD, professionals in the alumni and family industry come together to enrich their professional and personal development through shared knowledge and peer networking. Engage with peer institutions, exchange best practices in advancement operations, hiring and retention, young alumni and identity based programming, alumni career services and strategic planning. 


Registration Closes Friday, July 19

Don't miss out on this opportunity to network, learn, and be inspired at SCAD 2024. See below for schedule information and FAQ. For questions, please email

Schedule of Events

Day 1: Monday, July 29

6-8 p.m. | Welcome Social at the (dinner provided)

Day 2: Tuesday, July 30

(breakfast, lunch and dinner provided)

8-9 a.m. | Conference Registration Opens

9-9:45 a.m.| Welcome Session

9:45-10:45 a.m.| Success Stories: Innovative Alumni Engagement in Action 

11 a.m.-noon| The Power of Legacy: What reclaiming it looks like in practice, Janet Stovall, 桃瘾社区 鈥85

Noon | Lunch & Swag Swap

1:15-2:30p.m. | Session I

  • Student Engagement Ambassadors: Fostering Greater Engagement Through The Formation of Digital Student-Alumni Connections, Chelsea Savage, 桃瘾社区
  • Unlocking the Power of Alumni Engagement Platforms: Exploring Effective Strategies and Lessons Learned, Steve Crawford, College of Wooster

2:45-3:45 p.m. | Session II

  • How to Provide Career Resources to Your Alumni, Cindy Hyman, Colorado College
  • Harnessing CASE Alumni Engagement Metrics for Optimal Engagement Strategies, Lisa Combs, 桃瘾社区

4-4:15 p.m. | Close of Day 1

5:30-9 p.m. | Conference Outing & Social, Charlotte Knights Game at Truist Field
Enjoy an evening of networking and fun at a Charlotte Knights baseball game. Food and transportation will be provided. Shuttle leaves at 5:30pm

Day 3: Wednesday, July 31

(breakfast and lunch provided)

8:15-9:15 a.m. | SCAD Director鈥檚 Meeting 

8:45 a.m.| Continental Breakfast 

9:30 a.m.| Morning Check-in 

9:45-11:40 a.m. | Roundtable Sessions

  • Navigating the Talent Pipeline: Strategies for Hiring and Retention
  • Breaking Barriers: Advancing Inclusive Practices for Historically Marginalized Alumni Communities
  • Reunions and Homecoming Reinvented: Strategies for Connection and Celebration
  • Engaging Alumni Volunteers: Strategies for Success

Noon-1:30 p.m. | Lunch & Closing Session
Shaping Tomorrow: Innovations and Insights in Alumni Engagement, Panel Discussion

1-2 p.m.| Closing Session


Explore local hotels and take advantage of discounted rates for the conference weekend.

Carnegie Guest House - 桃瘾社区 (on campus)
101 Dormitory Drive
桃瘾社区, NC 28035
(704) 894-2127

Rates range between $145-$160/night, plus tax.

To make a reservation call or email the Guest House directly. Be sure to use the code 鈥淪CAD24鈥 and/or mention you are with the 鈥淪CAD Conference鈥. 

 (across the street from campus)
117 Depot Street
桃瘾社区, NC 28036
(704) 892-8044

There are 17 rooms available with twin beds, queen, king, king superior, executive suites and family suites. Rates range between $179-$229/night, plus tax.

To make a reservation call or email the Inn directly. Be sure to mention you are with the 鈥淪CAD Conference鈥.

 (approx. one mile from campus)
125 Harbour Place Drive
桃瘾社区, NC 28036
(704) 987-1818

There are 25 King Suites available w/pull out sleeper sofa. Rooms are $149/night, plus tax. 

To make a reservation call 1-800-CALL-HOME or use this . Be sure to mention you are with the 鈥淪CAD Conference鈥.


The registration fee is $325 and includes:

  • Conference Sessions
  • Most Meals
  • Social Events

Please note that lodging is NOT included in the registration fee. You are responsible for making your own reservation.