Alumni & Development

Message from the Alumni Association Executive Board President

Welcome! Whether you are well connected with the Rhodes community or a newcomer seeking more information, I want to welcome you. With more than 13,000 alumni, 2,000 students, and 6,000 parents and grandparents, the Rhodes community provides a network that spans the world. It is this community that makes Rhodes so special!

Rhodes offers a variety of opportunities for involvement including attending events and lectures on campus and across the country, volunteering in many areas including fundraising, supporting admission efforts or benefitting from and contributing to our outstanding career network. Everyone working together keeps our community connected and strong.

If you have ideas for events in your area, please let us know.

I hope to see you at a Rhodes gathering soon!

Eric M. Teal ’91
President, Alumni Association Executive Board


Margaret Trahern ’21

From Rhodes’ founding in 1848 into the 1880s, the college was strictly an all-male institution. By the late 19th century, a few females—daughters of chancellors and faculty members—were permitted to attend classes, but could not take exams or receive diplomas. But when Dr. Charles E. Diehl became president, things began to change, and fast. In 1917, with World War I in full swing, women were admitted into the college on an equal basis with men. Four years later, Margaret Trahern ’21 became the first woman in the college’s history to receive a diploma. Now, Rhodes welcomes the first woman to serve as our president, Dr. Marjorie Hass.

Please join us at Homecoming 2017 as we celebrate 100 years of extraordinary women at Rhodes College, with special events beginning on Thursday and continuing throughout the weekend. We hope to see you here!