U alumna takes helm of the Office of Alumni Relations


Linda P. Dunn, B.S. ‘81, M.S. ’97, has been named the interim chief alumni relations officer of the University of Utah. The new leadership role will serve under Heidi Woodbury, vice president for University Advancement.

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Linda Dunn, interim chief alumni relations officer of the University of Utah Office of Alumni Relations.

Dunn is an active member of the Salt Lake City community with over two decades of experience promoting educational engagement and civic participation. She started her career as a teacher at both Highland and Skyline high schools in Salt Lake City, then translated that experience to advance the public purpose of higher education statewide as the executive director of the Utah Campus Compact. Most recently, Dunn served as the executive director of the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center, where she oversaw student, alumni and constituent engagement, philanthropy, and collaborative efforts on campus and in the community.

“I’m thrilled to serve the U in this new role,” said Dunn. “The Office of Alumni Relations has grown significantly over the past few years and it’s important we continue to build on that momentum. The value of having a degree from the U has never been stronger and I look forward to helping connect all of our alumni back to campus.”

In addition to overseeing the university’s alumni relations staff, Dunn will manage strategic planning, the expansion of the alumni and career networks, student scholarships and alumni communications.

“I am honored to work alongside Linda, and I am grateful she has accepted this role,” said Woodbury. “Linda’s passion for the U and her vision for building our alumni network makes her the perfect candidate to lead our alumni relations efforts.”

About the University of Utah Office of Alumni Relations

The mission of the Office of Alumni Relations is to create and preserve lifelong relationships between university, U alumni, U students and the community. The alumni of the University of Utah are over 285,000 strong. UAlumni is a term that includes all our diverse alums and invites every alum to engage, whether through the support of scholarships, community engagement projects, lifelong learning opportunities or the myriad of social, cultural and enriching U events on campus and in the community. The Office of Alumni Relations seeks to engage early and broadly with alumni while establishing a culture of philanthropy and expanding outreach to engage diverse alumni communities wherever they may be. Currently, there are 32 UAlumni clubs, with 20 based within the U.S. and 12 based internationally.