McDonough to join College of LAS as Director for Alumni Relations

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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University has hired Kim McDonough as the new director for alumni relations. McDonough began her new position on Jan. 21.

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The director for alumni relations will oversee all College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ alumni relations activities and will serve as a key point of contact for the college and its departments on alumni activities, communications, event planning and strategic priorities. McDonough will also provide advice and support to the college administration on annual nominations for awards and honors.

“We are very excited that Kim will join us in this important, new role," said Dean Beate Schmittmann. "In today’s interconnected world, strong relations with alumni are more important than ever. Kim has done a wonderful job reaching out to the alumni of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, and we look forward to her work with college alumni from all fields.”

As the program and internship coordinator at ISU’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, McDonough has worked with Greenlee School alumni to coordinate student recruitment and retention events, to create internship opportunities for students and to increase placement. She also initiated and managed the redevelopment of the Greenlee School’s Alumni & Friends organization. She has served as a member of its leadership board and as the Greenlee School’s liaison to the ISU Alumni Association.

"Alumni are playing an increasingly important role in higher education," said McDonough. "I am excited for the opportunity to help the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences achieve its goals by expanding its alumni relations activities and by engaging alumni of its varied disciplines."

McDonough received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and mass communication at ISU. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Education at Iowa State.

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About Liberal Arts and Sciences The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world-class learning and research community. Iowa State’s most academically diverse college, LAS educates students to become global citizens, providing rigorous academic programs in the sciences, humanities and social sciences within a supportive personalized learning environment. College faculty design new materials, unravel biological structures, care for the environment, and explore social and behavioral issues. From fundamental research to technology transfer and artistic expression, the college supports people in Iowa and around the world.

 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Iowa State University

Contacts: Kim McDonough, ( Laura Wille, Liberal Arts & Sciences Communications, (515) 294-7742, (