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Murray Blackwelder, External Afffairs, (515) 294-7730
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720


AMES, Iowa -- Jeffery W. Johnson, vice president of alumni relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named executive director of the Iowa State University Alumni Association. Johnson will join the organization in early September.

The executive director of the alumni association serves as a representative of the university and the ISU Alumni Association. The executive director also oversees Iowa State's alumni programming, events and communications, strategic plan and budget. The executive director also coordinates relationships with the university's faculty and individual college alumni representatives.

Johnson has been with the University of Illinois Alumni Association since 1996, when he was hired as director of alumni relations. He was named vice president of alumni relations in March 1999 and associate chancellor for alumni relations in May 1999. Prior to this, Johnson was with the Kansas University Alumni Association, University of Kansas, Lawrence, for many years. He served as director of membership development in 1991, director of external affairs and membership development from 1991 to 1993, and senior vice president of external affairs and membership development from 1993 to 1996. Johnson also held several positions at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, including assistant to the executive director of alumni relations.

He earned a master's of higher education administration from the University of Kansas in 1995, and a B.S. in computer science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1986.

"I have a longstanding appreciation for the loyalty to and involvement in Iowa State University that its alumni have demonstrated over the years. I am honored to have been selected to join the Cyclone family and to help the university achieve its goals for the future vision of Iowa State University and its Alumni Association," said Johnson.

Jim Hopson, executive director of the alumni association since 1979, retired from the position in June. Hopson joined the association staff in 1968.


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