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Family Comes First: Alumni Director Resigns

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Angela DeWitt Bonds, director of alumni relations at Arkansas Tech University for the past three years, submitted her resignation to the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees on Thursday.

Bonds and her husband, Dr. Dusty Bonds, welcomed their first child --- Grayson Dean Bonds --- on Sept. 16, 2010. “I never knew how much my life would change when I gave birth to my son,” wrote Bonds in her letter of resignation. “As the days have passed and I’ve watched him grow, I’ve had a desire to transition from working full-time to spending more time with him. It is with bittersweet feelings that I turn in my resignation. “Working with Tech alumni, administration, faculty and staff has been a gratifying experience both personally and professionally,” continued Bonds. “I take away a new sense of what being a part of the Tech family is all about.” A native of Danville, Bonds graduated from Arkansas Tech in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication.

Bonds first served in the Arkansas Tech Alumni Office as coordinator of young alumni from 2005-08. She was promoted to director of alumni relations for her alma mater on March 20, 2008.

Since taking the helm of the Tech Alumni Office, Bonds has aided in the planning and implementation of a new organizational structure for the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.

One of the hallmarks of Bonds’ time in the Tech Alumni Office has been a commitment to reach out to young alumni. She and her staff have hosted numerous annual events around the state of Arkansas that have ensured that young alumni remain connected to Arkansas Tech.

The Arkansas Tech Alumni Office has also upgraded its Web site and expanded its presence in social media under Bonds’ guidance.

“Angela has an awesome personality, and she possesses a great skill set for the position of director of alumni relations,” said Jayne Jones, vice president for development at Arkansas Tech. “We were very fortunate to benefit from her leadership in that area for the past three years and her dedication to the alumni office for the past six years. I am so happy for her, Dusty and Grayson.”

Before returning to work at Arkansas Tech, Bonds served as program director for the Russellville Chamber of Commerce, assistant to the director for the Arkansas Valley Alliance for Economic Development and information coordinator for the West Memphis Chamber of Commerce.

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