ALUMNI NEWS

New Alumni Association Board Members

Ryan Alexander

Ryan Alexander ’10

Business Development Partner
Abt Associates Inc. (international development consulting firm) 

Accomplishments/Activities:

  • Member of the President’s Leadership Circle
  • Former Bobcat Soccer player
  • Former service member of the Finnish Armed Forces
  • Former Peace Corps volunteer
  • Earned a master’s degree in business administration
  • Lived in and traveled to more than 25 countries
  • Proud husband of a very hardworking wife and proud father of three

What is your favorite FSU memory?
So many great memories! It’s hard to choose, but biking the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal, starting from my off-campus house in Frostburg and ending in Washington, D.C., is one of my top memories.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time as a board member?
Encourage alumni near and far to get back in touch with their alma mater.
Help identify and implement programs and events that will enhance the alumni experience.


Cady Kirkwood

Cady Kirkwood Rankin ’14/M ’18

Financial Advisor
Wells Fargo Advisors

Accomplishments/Activities: 

  • At FSU: Commencement speaker for College of Business, member of the Student Alumni Association and Honors Program
  • Now: Certified financial planner and chartered retirement plans consultant
  • Activities: Member of Cumberland Rotary Club and Western Maryland Jaycees

Favorite FSU memory:
I loved any time we had involvement with alumni. Seeing successful people who got their start at our school was such great encouragement and made me even prouder of my degree and confident to move on to the real world. 

What do you hope to accomplish during your time as a board member?
I’d like to give back to FSU because I was awarded so many fantastic opportunities, and I would like to be able to help pave the way for future students to find success. I feel that small regional universities are grossly underestimated, and I’d like to see that change and help students and the community appreciate it more.


Andrea Lowery

Andrea Lowery ’13

HR Director
Friends Aware, Inc.

Accomplishments/Activities:
Recognized as the 2020 Outstanding Leader by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce

Favorite FSU memory:

  • Being recognized as an Outstanding Leader by the College of Business.
  • Experiencing the snowstorm in October of 2011.
  • Working hours and hours in the library with my group, preparing for our policy presentation with Dr. (Amit) Shah. It was so inspiring to work with others, learn how other people work together and how the creativity of the group made us better as a whole.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time as a board member?
I would like to be able to "give back" either by volunteering, chairing an event, helping raise funds or networking.