a brief history of ECAA

The present Eisenhower College Alumni Association (ECAA) was formed in 1982 in response to the Rochester Institute of Technology acquiring and then closing the college. There had always been an alumni association under the auspices of first Eisenhower College and then RIT, but the alumni decided to challenge the closing in court and needed the financial independence of a separate organization to continue. Kevin Smyth '78, the last president of the old association, became the organizer and first chair of the board of directors of the new one.

The legal challenge was ultimately unsuccessful, but along the way, the ECAA incorporated and established a scholarship program for students entering college. The latter is still our most important and best-supported alumni program. In the intervening years, the association has held annual reunions, published a regular newsletter, and established Founders and Legacy Awards. These awards honor those crucial to the creation of Eisenhower College and its unique World Studies curriculum and those who have worked to sustain its twin legacies of promoting the principles of President Eisenhower and a global liberal arts education. Additionally, ECAA established a Distinguished Alumnus Award to recognize those alumni who, through their professional and personal undertakings, embody the Eisenhower spirit of exceptional dedication and achievement.

More recently, the ECAA has worked to cement its relationship with New York Chiropractic College, which acquired the campus in 1989. NYCC has assisted the ECAA by providing us meeting, display and storage space for the Eisenhower Archives, which document the history of the college. ECAA alumni are responsible for maintaining a rotating display on the College's history in NYCC's Library.