Robert Gleason ’87, Erica McGibbon ’07, Beverly Randez ’94 and Frederick Strobel ’74 P08 P11 posing with the Service to Princeton awards

Four alumni honored with Service to Princeton awards

by Advancement Communications
May 24, 2024

The Alumni Council recognized four Princetonians as Award for Service to Princeton recipients during its annual meeting on campus during Reunions on Friday, May 24. Ricardo DeLeon ’86, chair of the Committee on Awards for Service to Princeton, presented the awards to Robert Gleason ’87, Erica McGibbon ’07, Beverly Randez ’94 and Frederick Strobel ’74 P08 P11.

The Alumni Council Award for Service to Princeton, which dates back to 1972, recognizes outstanding contributions to the University by volunteers in the Princeton community, with particular emphasis on those who serve significantly but inconspicuously.

Robert Gleason ’87

Focusing on inclusion and expanding what it means to be an active Princetonian, Robert Gleason ’87 gives his time, creativity and intellect to help all alumni feel welcome. From co-chairing the first “Every Voice” conference for LGBTQ+ alumni to serving on the Alumni Council Executive Committee to leading key initiatives on volunteer engagement and the Committee to Nominate Alumni Trustees, Robert has championed new ways to enhance the sense of belonging for Princetonians of all backgrounds by engaging with people who feel left out and bringing them back into the conversation.

Erica McGibbon ’07

A transformative Princeton in Asia (PiA) teaching fellowship launched the higher education career of Erica McGibbon ’07 and provided her first opportunity as an alumni volunteer. In 2019, she became the first Black woman to serve as a PiA trustee, advocating for policies to make the organization more inclusive. A member of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni leadership board since 2021, Erica has led the ABPA’s efforts to engage deeply with Princeton’s current students, further brightening the paths of untold numbers of alumni and students with her infectious energy and dedication.

Beverly Randez ’94

When Beverly Randez ’94 moved to San Diego in 2008, she helped transform its Princeton club into a more active regional association. She upgraded its communications while building a leadership pipeline, matching the club’s needs with skills she identified in volunteers. As a member of the Annual Giving national committee and chair of the Alumni Council’s committees on Regional Associations and Service Awards, Beverly created innovative ways to engage alumni and amplify the reach of various groups. Her care and devotion have helped Princeton and its Tigers not only to grow but to blossom.

Frederick Strobel ’74 P08 P11

Known for decades as the cornerstone of the Princeton Alumni Association of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Frederick Strobel ’74 was instrumental in giving the club structure in 1979, helping to create a board and by-laws. To this day, he warmly welcomes new Tigers to the region and gently nudges them toward leadership roles and other service opportunities. An Annual Giving volunteer for more than 25 years — including four years as chair of the AG national committee — Frederick remains “Princeton’s mayor in Nashville” because of the grace, kindness and inclusivity that are the hallmarks of his service.


Read the honorees’ complete biographies on the Awards webpage.