New UHV alumni relations director plans to develop meaningful connections
When it comes right down to it, Kira Mudd’s new job will involve having a lot of conversations.
As the new director for alumni relations and annual giving in the University of Houston-Victoria Office of University Advancement, Mudd will lead UHV’s alumni engagement efforts. She plans on talking with alumni about their lives, experiences and alma mater.
“With all the growth and excitement around campus, I’d love to get a chance to share what’s going on with our alumni – both recent graduates and those who attended UHV awhile ago,” she said. “I’m looking forward to building our alumni network and communicating what the university has accomplished in recent years, as well as our vision for the future.”
She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University in 2006 and is pursuing a master’s degree in adult and higher education from UHV.
Mudd previously worked as an assistant recruiter for the UHV School of Arts & Sciences. She then spent six years as a recruiter for Regency Post Acute Healthcare System. During that time, she recruited several UHV business and nursing graduates to the company. Mudd returned to working in higher education in January as UHV’s career services coordinator, where she coached students and alumni in areas of career and professional development.
“Kira is soon to be a UHV alumna herself and has a strong professional background in positions that require excellent communication, organizational and relational skills,” said Jesse Pisors, UHV vice president for advancement and external relations. “She is an energetic and experienced professional who is well-equipped to establish a firm foundation for and subsequently grow our alumni relations and annual giving programs at UHV. I could not ask for a better person in this crucial advancement position.”
Mudd said the aspect of the job she’s most looking forward to is making connections. She plans to reach out to alumni through a variety of channels. She also intends to re-activate the alumni association and make it easier for alumni to share what is going on in their lives.
Making these connections not only helps UHV learn about and share stories of alumni successes, it also leads to alumni connecting with each other through the alumni association, social media and events, Mudd said. Having an engaged alumni base is critical to UHV’s goal of reaching 6,000 students in Victoria by 2025, she said.
“Alumni relations and annual giving are connected because the more engaged alumni are, the more likely they are to give back to the university – whether it’s through time or donations,” Mudd said.
Small annual gifts can add up fast, especially if many people donate, Mudd said.
“You’d be surprised what a $25 annual gift can pay for,” she said. “It does make a positive impact on our students.”
Pisors said he’s pleased Mudd has joined the UHV team of advancement professionals. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 361-570-4869.
“Above all, University Advancement is committed to serving, appreciating and stewarding our friends and alumni, both near and far,” he said. “Kira will focus on building meaningful connections and opportunities for engagement between our more than 16,000 alumni and the university.”
The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as a teaching center in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities, and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.