Carmen Gaston, who has led the University’s alumni relations office for the past 8 and one-half years, has informed University relations vice president Laurie Kelley of her decision to resign her position as the assistant vice president of alumni relations, effective July 14. Gaston, who earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University in 1996, joined the UP staff in the fall of 2005 as a major gifts officer in the development office. She was promoted to alumni relations director six months later.
The Office of Alumni Relations has shepherded numerous efforts under her direction, including the foundation of the popular Navigator Series, the 50th anniversary celebration of the Salzburg Program, lectures and alumni visits in numerous cities across the nation, and a very successful and widely attended Reunion Weekend in June 2014. Prior to returning to UP, Carmen worked in product management at John Deere and Polaris Industries. She also has a law degree from the Creighton School of Law.
Carmen is looking forward to spending some time focusing on her family as she transitions from her work here at UP. A farewell reception is planned from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, at the Events House on N. Portsmouth Ave. Please join the University relations division in thanking Carmen for her many years of dedicated service here on The Bluff and wishing Carmen and her family all the best. For more information contact Laurie Kelley, university relations, at 8332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.