Alumni Association welcomes dynamic leader
Lora Malone says much of a university’s excellence stems from its alumni and their affinity for the institution. Strengthening the connection between UT Arlington alumni and their alma mater is among her goals as the Alumni Association’s new executive director.
“The UT Arlington campus has a breadth of energy and a strong commitment to faculty and staff,” says Malone, who most recently was vice president and chief programs officer for the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association. “I’m excited to capitalize on that.”
She comes to UT Arlington after nearly a decade with the Oklahoma State alumni organization and 19 years overall in alumni relations, development, public affairs, and marketing. As executive director of the UT Arlington Alumni Association, Malone manages strategic planning and operations for the organization and directs efforts to increase participation among the University’s 148,000 alumni.
Malone earned a bachelor’s degree from Central State University in Edmond, Okla., and a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, also in Edmond. She brings significant leadership experience at a Big 12 university and a high enthusiasm that will benefit UT Arlington in many ways, says Emily Hoad, president of the UT Arlington Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
“We have a strong foundation with our Alumni Association,” Hoad says. “As the University grows by leaps and bounds, we want to be a partner in that process.” Malone, who began in June, says she looks forward to putting her experience to work on the UT Arlington campus and beyond.