Steve Abbot joined the Foundation in 2013 to develop and implement programming and major award events that foster relationships among the University, alumni, and the community. Engagement programs include Owl Travels (alumni travel opportunities) Owls Connect (an online engagement and mentoring platform), and the Majestic Owls Society (50-year alumni reunion). Major awards recognizing important partners include the annual Talon Awards and the Hall of Fame & Distinguished Alumni Awards.
- Abbott began his career in higher education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he served as assistant director in the Cavalier Travels alumni travel program in the Office of Engagement.
- Prior, Abbot was assistant director in the Semester at Sea program where UVA was the academic sponsor. He assisted in the planning of two annual around-the-world voyages for students.
- Abbot is a former director within the National Geographic Film Library in Washington, D.C., where he worked on creative content with television and film producers around the world.
- University of Maryland, College Park: B.A. in Television and Film