The University at Buffalo Office of Alumni Engagement has a new
assistant vice president—Kristin Woods, who will bring more
than 20 years of experience in alumni relations to UB when she
begins July 1.
“Alumni engagement is really critical to our entire UB
enterprise, so this is an important leadership role for the
university,” UB President Satish K. Tripathi said about
“Our alumni around the world represent a globally powered
network that is an incredible resource for our students and
recent graduates, as well as an invaluable source of support,
dedication, and inspiration for our UB community at large,”
Tripathi added. “In so many ways, our alumni are a vital
extension of our mission as a public research university. They
expand and deepen our impact on all the communities we serve, from
the local to the global.”
Nancy Wells, vice president for philanthropy and alumni
engagement, said Woods’ appointment was the result of an
extensive international search.
“Kristin’s remarkable skillset and experience were
highlighted as valuable assets that she will bring to the job at
this critical point in time–for not only the Division of
Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, but the university and our
alumni overall,” Wells said.
Woods most recently served as assistant vice president for
alumni and career services at the University of Richmond 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
Woods also worked as associate director and volunteer
coordinator in the alumni office at Bucknell University in
Pennsylvania, and 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.
Dennis Black, UB vice president for university life and
services, chaired the search committee and predicts Woods’
hiring will have a positive effect for all alumni.
“Kristin Woods comes to UB after multiple alumni
professional experiences in higher education, at a great time, as
UB pursues excellence and seeks to better serve our graduates,
bringing them closer to their alma mater,” Black said.
Mary Garlick Roll, president of the UB Alumni Association, said
Woods will help strengthen the alumni board as well.
“Kristin’s extensive and varied experience will be
an asset to the UB alumni association's board of directors as
we continue to build on the momentum we have begun in the last few
years,” Garlick Roll said. “Kristin’s skills will
be invaluable as we work collaboratively to represent
our 240,000 alumni worldwide.”
Woods said she looks forward to beginning her new position, and
has planned two visits to UB in advance of her start date.
“UB’s dedication to academics and research, combined
with its ambitious vision for the future, make this a tremendously
exciting time to be joining the university. I am honored to
be serving in this role, and I look forward to working closely with
the alumni board of directors and getting to know UB’s
UB has more than 243,000 alumni who live in 145 countries
worldwide. Each graduate is a member of the UB Alumni Association
as of October 2015, when the university adopted a no-fee membership