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UI Welcomes Kathy Barnard as New Alumni Executive Director

December 18, 2015

The University of Idaho is pleased to announce Kathy Barnard has been named the new executive director of Alumni Relations for the Office of Alumni Relations and University of Idaho Alumni Association, effective Jan. 19, 2016.

A 1981 graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Barnard is a seasoned communications and advancement professional who has spent most of her career in higher education advancement.

She comes to the university with extensive strategic marketing and leadership experience, including previous employment at UI, but most recently as the executive director of University Communications with Washington State University.

“We are so pleased to have Kathy join our Office of Alumni Relations where she’ll bring more than two decades of higher education advancement experience to her role as the executive director,” said Mary Kay McFadden, vice president for University Advancement. “Her strategic marketing and leadership experience will continue to foster our mission of promoting and deepening the lifelong, mutually beneficial relationships between alumni and the university.”

As executive director of the Office of Alumni Relations and the University of Idaho Alumni Association, Barnard’s responsibilities will include developing and implementing a comprehensive, long-range strategic plan for the Office of Alumni Relations, coordinating programs and partnerships with other university stakeholders, supporting the Alumni Association Board of Director’s goals, and oversight of the off-campus alumni programs and events, chapters, affinity programs and advocacy programs. In addition to her work with the Alumni Association board, she will lead a team of Alumni Relations advancement professionals as well as oversee the advocacy work of the Vandal Ambassador Network members.

“Once a Vandal, always a Vandal,” Barnard said. “I am so excited to once again work on behalf of my alma mater. I look forward to developing new ways to serve and connect with the 100,000-member Vandal family.”

Andrew Gauss
Director, alumni & development marketing communications

Kathy Barnard

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