Renew Rensselaer Files in Court

Dear RPI Alumni,

As part of our continuing efforts to restore the governance rights of all Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) members, Renew Rensselaer’s legal counsel filed a Verified Complaint with the New York Supreme Court in Rensselaer County this past week. The Complaint may be read in its entirety on the Renew Rensselaer website.

The Complaint was precipitated following countless attempts to work with the RAA Board toward facilitating free and fair elections of Board members. The RAA Board continues to assert that their current process, in which only one Board-approved nominee is permitted to run for each position, constitutes a free and fair election. To read more about this and the RAA Board’s usurpation of our alumni rights, please reference the legal documents we have posted on our website.

Taking legal action would not have been possible without the financial support of many individuals. We wholeheartedly thank those who have provided donations to help defray the legal expenses incurred to assert RPI alumni’s rights as members of the RAA. Your generous contributions have helped us begin this process; however, additional, substantial legal expenses will need to be covered. If you wish to start or continue financially supporting Renew Rensselaer’s legal efforts, you may securely contribute by clicking the button below:

Support the Renew Rensselaer Legal Fund

Renew Rensselaer recently received two very generous financial commitments from alumni supporters who have offered to match all new funds raised for legal expenses—up to a total of $6,000. We are very grateful for the continued support! We would appreciate any donation you want to make be made before the end of September.

Again, thank you for your support, and please reach out to us with any questions or comments. We will keep you apprised of updates, especially as Reunion & Homecoming looms on the horizon. As always, we look forward to the day when we have an alumni association that represents the voices of all alumni.


Bill Criss ’68, ’69G

Renew Rensselaer