Frank Ladner quickly established himself as a special alumnus volunteer. Within a year of graduation, he was recruiting other young Johnnies to his insurance business. He also promoted SJU with high school juniors and seniors. He continued to "recruit" alumni and SJU friends to join the Board of Regents and to become donors. A member of the SJU National Advisory Council in the 1970s and later chair of the Board of Regents' resources committee, Frank established a three-tier plan of giving: SJU Annual Fund, capital projects, will provisions.