Shannon Groves joined the Penn Vet team in April as Director of Alumni Relations. Groves is responsible for strategically enhancing current alumni programming, including the Penn Annual Conference; identifying opportunities to increase alumni and student engagement;
and managing the Dean’s Alumni Council.
“We are delighted to welcome Shannon to the Advancement team,” said Carol Pooser, Assistant Dean of Advancement, Alumni Relations, and Communications. “She brings more than 10 years of experience in higher education, with expertise in alumni relations, recruitment, admissions, and communications. Her knowledge will serve us well in this vital role.”
Prior to joining Penn Vet, Groves served as Director of Alumni Networks for Saint Joseph’s University, where she managed alumni volunteers, affinity chapters, and signature events, working with alumni from recent graduates to members of the Board of Trustees. In addition, she coordinated alumni volunteers during the recruitment cycle and engaged alumni to give back to the University.
Groves also previously worked in enrollment management as Associate Director of the Recruitment Outreach Team at Drexel University and as Assistant Director of Admissions for Seton Hall University.
She received her undergraduate degree in history from Lehigh University, where she remains an active alumna, serving as a reunion committee volunteer and board member of the Lehigh Club of Philadelphia. She earned a master’s degree in communications from Drexel University.
Groves resides in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia with her husband and dog, Cooper, a two-year-old terrier/hound mix.
“I am excited to join the team and the Penn Vet community,” said Groves. “I have immense appreciation and respect for veterinary medicine and Penn Vet, and I am excited to be a part of something that combines my experiences in higher education with my passion for animals. I look forward to meeting and working with Penn Vet alumni!”