The United StateS Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation Center is on track to become reality in Annapolis.
January 2020 Update: At their Fall 2019 meetings, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association authorized the Alumni Center project plan to move forward with groundbreaking expected in 2020. They also authorized a budget increase for the project and the sale of the Ogle Hall complex and Maryland Avenue Athletic & Scholarship Programs office to support this effort. Fundraising for the center has been ongoing, with plans unfolding for both class and individual recognition opportunities throughout the facility and grounds.
The facility—targeted to open in summer 2022—is designed to provide a premium venue for a wide range of alumni events, streamline and enhance Alumni Association and Foundation operations and provide an ideal space to celebrate alumni achievements in all aspects of society—all of which help support the Naval Academy mission and strengthen the global alumni network.
A single, dedicated space to serving alumni has been part of the Naval Academy’s strategic plan because it will produce clearer lines of communication between the Yard and the alumni groups supporting midshipmen.
“To recognize the importance of the role our alumni play in providing a level of excellence we need to ensure that our alumni center is a world-class one as well.”
- ADM Samuel J. Locklear, ’77, USN (Ret.), Chair, U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Board of Trustees
The proposed facility, with bucolic views of College Creek, will be just a few steps from the Yard. It will include indoor and outdoor event space, an alumni lounge conference rooms, on-site parking and enough office space to house Alumni Association, Foundation and Athletic & Scholarship Programs staff under one roof.
While the concept for the project dates back more than a decade and was codified in the Naval Academy Strategic Plan 2020 and the Alumni Association and Foundation’s strategic plan, moving from concept to completion takes dedication to execute the project as a priority for the Academy and its alumni. The Center project is impacted by multiple stakeholders including the Alumni Association Board of Trustees, the Naval Academy Foundation Board of Directors, Athletic and Scholarship Programs Trustees, a joint alumni advisory panel, the Maryland Historic Trust, the U.S. Navy, the Naval Academy and the City of Annapolis.
The Alumni Center will bring all of the organizations’ staff and resources under one roof off King George Street. The center will be able to accommodate several alumni events simultaneously.