CAAE Member Spotlight, January-February 2022

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Getting to know one another better is the quickest route to building community! Based on a Q&A-style interview developed by the CAAE Communications Committee, we're pleased to present this month’s spotlight of new member Kris Bosman, (Utah), compilation courtesy of Raphe Beck (Oregon).

Name: Kris Bosman, Chief Alumni Relations Officer

Institution: University of Utah

Q: Are you new to alumni relations, new to your institution, neither, or both?

A: Neither! I’m a graduate of the U., and my first “real” job was as an intern in the Athletics Department, a job I began as a 17-year-old freshman student. Needless to say … I liked it here. (Cue "smiley face" emoji!) I’ve spent time in Athletics Marketing, Advancement, and most recently in Alumni Relations at the David Eccles School of Business here at the U.

Q: Best perk of the job so far?

A: There are a few really good ones. We have the most beautiful building on campus – the recently renovated Cleone Peterson Eccles Alumni House. I love coming to this building every day. And a more recent perk was my very excellent tickets to the Rose Bowl Game. Definite bucket list day to see our Utes in the Rose Bowl!

Q: Biggest challenge so far?

A: Probably learning more patience. There are so many things I would like to accomplish and only so many hours in the day. I am extremely lucky to have a great team at U Alumni and tremendous support for alumni engagement from our new President, Taylor Randall – we’ll get there!

Q: If you needed to, could you sing your school’s fight song and/or alma mater?

A: I could (the first verse and chorus, anyway!).  

Q: What would it surprise people to know about you?

A: I don’t know if it’s surprising, really, but I’m often mocked by family and friends for my extensive spreadsheet habit – I make detailed spreadsheets for everything, from vacation plans to party menus to gift lists. What can I say, I like to be prepared. I’m such an oldest-daughter cliché.

Q: Who would be your dream dinner guests?

A: Michelle Obama, Ina Garten, Brandi Carlile, Glennon Doyle, and Abby Wambach. (And my sisters, because they’d never forgive me for not inviting them to that dinner.)

Q: When I’m not on the job, you’ll find me ...:

A: Spending time with my husband and two teenagers – very likely at one of their basketball or volleyball games – drinking wine and laughing with my girlfriends, cooking, or reading (183 weeks in a row on my Kindle, I’m a nerd.)

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