Chris Spinella '83 B.S.

In which groups or activities were you most involved at ASU? What did you gain from that involvement?
I had the pleasure of being elected vice president of Associated Students of ASU, as well as being elected president of my fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha.  These experiences provided me an opportunity to both develop and refine my leadership skills.

How did your education at ASU prepare you for your current job or business?
I graduated with a bachelor of science degree in management from ASU’s business school and went on to receive my MBA from Harvard.  These educational experiences provided me with the foundation to eventually become co-founder and CEO of my current company, Apriva.

Tell us about your involvement in the Leadership Scholarship Program (LSP) alumni chapter and the ASU Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Back in 1999, Dr. Christine Wilkinson wanted to find a way to get LSP alumni more involved in mentoring LSP undergraduates and with the university in general.  She invited several LSP alumni to a breakfast meeting to discuss these goals.  Given that Dr. Wilkinson is so well respected, no one declined this invitation.

We decided to start an LSP alumni chapter and I was elected as its first chairman. A few years ago, I was again contacted by Dr. Wilkinson and became involved with the ASU Alumni Association board of directors.  Dr. Wilkinson is such a great ambassador for the university and is continually reconnecting alumni with ASU, as she did with me. 

What are the benefits of giving back to the University through your volunteer efforts?
I think the benefits are significant.  Not only are we helping to mentor students, but we are in a position to increase the value of a degree from ASU.

What current development at ASU do you find most exciting? Why?
I’m excited about the programs that provide a greater link between ASU and businesses around the valley and the state of Arizona.  By linking the two through collaboration, we better tie the prosperity of our community with the intellectual capital ASU creates. This fuels better research, development and job growth.

What advice would you give to today’s students?
Your college experience should not be a sprint, but a marathon.  Don’t burn out too early, and enjoy the run!

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