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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 63, Number 8 (Dec. 1961)

Arlie Mucks, Jr. to suceed [sic] John Berge as WAA executive secretary,   pp. 9-10


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                                          Arlie Mucks, Jr.
                                                              to Suceed
                                                         John Berge
as WAA Executive Secretary
I AST JUNE, a committee was named
   by the board of directors of the
Wisconsin Alumni Association to find
a worthy successor to John Berge, execu-
tive director of the Association since
1936. After reviewing the qualifications
of several candidates for the position,
the committee-composed of WAA
President Dr. Norman 0. Becker, Fond
du Lac, and three former presidents:
Gordon Walker (chairman), Racine;
Dr. John A. Keenan, New York City;
and Philip H. Falk, Madison-pre-
sented their recommendation to the
board for confirmation at the annual di-
rectors' meeting on October 28. The
committee recommended and the board
unanimously approved that Arlie M.
Mucks, Jr., be appointed executive sec-
retary of the Association effective Janu-
ary 1, 1962. After January 1, John
Berge will become director of alumni
relations until September 1, 1962 when
he will retire. During the ensuing eight
months, the two men will have the op-
portunity of working together to plot
a course for the future of the Wisconsin
Alumni Association, thus insuring that
the traditions of service to the Univer-
sity established over the years will con-
tinue to be effectively implemented.
  Ever since 1936, when he came to the
Wisconsin Alumni Association from the
National Association of Real Estate
Boards in Chicago, John Berge has been
"Mr. Alumni Association" to the thou-
sands of University of Wisconsin
alumni living in Wisconsin and
throughout the world.
  When Berge first came to the Asso-
ciation, there were less than 2,500 mem-
bers. Since that time, he has built the
Association into a body of loyal Badger
alumni that now numbers more than
24,600. In 25 years, under the leader-
ship of John Berge, the Wisconsin
Alumni Association has come to be com-
monly regarded as "the strong right arm
of the University." Some of the out-
standing programs of service developed
and strengthened over that span of years
have been: a vigorous information pro-
gram which includes the publication of
the Wisconsin Alumnus and the Wis-
Association President Dr. Norman 0. Becker (standing) introduces newly-named
executive secretary Arlie Mucks, Jr., (right) to the
board of directors as John Berge, WAA executive director who will become
director of alumni relations on January 1, 1962, and
Mrs. Edith Knowles, office manager for the Association, look on.
Wisconsin Alumnus, December, 1961
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