As the five-year reunion for the Class of 2010 approached this past summer, Alumni Relations had no reason to worry about the class' participation: Rex Salisbury '10 had it under control. Through meaningful, and often personalized, messages to his classmates, Salisbury mobilized the Class of 2010 to new heights in attendance and involvement.
"The best part about Reunion was, obviously, getting to see everyone you hadn't seen in four or five years," he said. "For me, the highlight of my Davidson experience was forming great relationships with so many people."
Advancing class involvement is nothing new to Salisbury; in fact, it is something he does quite well. As a Senior Class Gift agent, he helped lead the class of 2010 to a participation record, a record that still stands five years later.
"Davidson is known for having the best professors in the country and has some of the highest alumni participation rates, which are great measures of 'customer satisfaction,'" he said. "I tried to emphasize in short and actionable emails why participation is so important."
Though Salisbury's five-year reunion has come and gone, he still plays an active role for Davidson alumni in the Bay Area, co-chairing the alumni chapter with his wife, Allison Dulin '10. Salisbury relocated to San Francisco last year, and currently works as a Full Stack Developer at Sindeo, a mortgage startup. He characterizes San Francisco as an important and growing landing ground for Davidson young alumni, and a very active alumni community. Prior to his move out west, he led the Davidson young alumni chapter in Charlotte.
In addition to his reunion work and alumni leadership, Salisbury highly values the opportunity to mentor current Davidson students and other young alumni.
"Alumni should interact with current students as they explore careers and be enthusiastic when they reach out," he said. "It is fun to do and incredibly meaningful."
Through continued volunteering through Davidson, Salisbury hopes that alumni develop stronger ties to the institution even beyond the years they spent on campus.
"I hope people feel a deeper sense of community and can appreciate the place where they grew and spent so much time."