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Meet Kristin Woods

By Mary Cochrane

Portrait of Kristin Woods

The Office of Alumni Engagement has a new assistant vice president—Kristin Woods, who brings more than 20 years of experience in alumni relations to UB.

“Alumni engagement is really critical to our entire UB enterprise,” says UB President Satish K. Tripathi. “This is an important leadership role for the university.”

According to Nancy Wells, vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement, Woods’ appointment was the result of an extensive international search. “Kristin’s remarkable skill set and experience were highlighted as valuable assets that she will bring to the job at this critical point in time,” she says. “Not only for the Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, but also for the university and our alumni overall.”

Woods most recently served as assistant vice president for alumni and career services at the University of Richmond (UR) in Virginia, where she led the realignment of UR’s career development center with its alumni relations office, creating a unique structure that became a model for other colleges and universities. Woods also worked as associate director and volunteer coordinator in the alumni office at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and as assistant director in the alumni programs office at Hood College in Frederick, Md. She holds a bachelor’s degree in law and society from Hood College. 

Mary Garlick Roll, president of the UB Alumni Association, believes Woods will help strengthen the alumni board as well. “Kristin’s skills will be invaluable as we work collaboratively to represent our 249,000 alumni worldwide,” she says.

Kristin at a Glance

Favorite Food: Chocolate

Favorite Drink: Unsweetened iced tea

Top Cities to Visit: New York, Paris

Pastimes: Visiting museums, puzzling over the Sunday New York Times Crossword, exploring North Carolina’s Outer Banks 

Side Passion: Interior design on friends’ homes and her own

Most Recent Read: “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin (for the second time)

What Makes Her Happy: The warm welcome she has received from UB and Buffalo