Alan Jolly travels a lot in his position as the senior vice
president for Xerox. And over and over, he’s had that shared experience of so
many alums. He’ll be in an airport somewhere in America, or dining out in Los
Angeles, and across the way he spots it: “Notre Dame” on a T-shirt or hat or
Instant community, no matter where you encounter a fellow member
of the Fighting Irish.
“One thing I really like about Notre Dame is that once
you’re in the family, you’re in the family,” says Jolly, who is serving his
second term on the Mendoza Graduate Alumni Board (MGAB), currently as the chairman.
“It doesn’t matter if you earned a BBA, MBA, EMBA … Notre Dame is a very
welcoming place. “We received tremendous benefits to be associated with Our
Lady’s University. And with it, I believe
that we have a responsibility to give back and advance Notre Dame’s mission
wherever we might be.”
The MGAB is a group of dedicated Domers from all programs
within the Business School and is committed to working with the College to
strengthen the relationship between Mendoza and its alumni.
Jolly currently lives in Carmel, Ind., with his wife of 37
years, Michaela. They have 27-year-old twin daughters, Alana and Mary.
Growing up in Nasonville, R.I., Jolly dreamed of going to
Notre Dame as an undergraduate, but ultimately choose Providence College in
Providence, R.I. His career has led him to positions with IBM and EDS before he
landed at Xerox in 2009. “But life has its bends and turns,” says Jolly, and one
of those bends led him back to the possibility of becoming a student at Notre
Dame. A customer who was currently enrolled in the Notre Dame Executive MBA
program enthused to Jolly about the experience. Jolly investigated for himself,
applied and shortly became a Domer.
Now as an alum, Jolly devotes himself to paying back to the
place he considers the “most peaceful place on earth.” In addition to serving
on the MGAB, he attends the City Tour events, helps with MBA jumpstart
interviews, previously served as president of the Indianapolis ND Alumni Club,
and a host of other volunteer opportunities.
His message to fellow alums is that it’s important to give
back, and it doesn’t always take grand gestures to do that.
“Join your local club, help fund scholarships, sign up for
myNotreDame, even attend ND golf outings. There are so many things you can do,”
he says. “The real impact of our board is through exporting ND—to take the
things about the University that we love and treasure—and make them available
to other alums and future students in their own communities.
“Remember that feeling you had when you first walked on
campus? We as alums need to think about how we take that feeling and the
mission of Notre Dame back to our communities to make a difference.”