Meet the New Alumni Director
by Autumn Thatcher (MSC ’15)
Heather Stringfellow joined the Westminster community as the director of alumni relations at the end of the 2019 Fall Semester. Since starting in her new role, Heather has enjoyed meeting with members of the alumni community to hear their thoughts. She is looking forward to cultivating programs that engage alums and help Westminster's alumni community network thrive.
Welcome to Westminster! Tell us about yourself: what did you do prior to Westminster, and what did you enjoy about this work?
I’ve spent the last 20 years shifting, adapting, and managing programs to effectually create a more just world so that each of us has the opportunity to live our best life. I earned my stripes at the Salt Lake City Police Department, Rape Recovery Center, and Planned Parenthood of Utah. I thoroughly enjoyed the work; however, as I passed the mid-career mark, I was ready to step off of the front line and into the proverbial back seat. I am very excited to bring my joy and wisdom for the work to Westminster.
What attracted you to this role at Westminster?
I have been lucky in work. I have had the opportunity to work with kindred spirits at organizations whose mission and core values resonate for me, and Westminster is no different. Jointing students, alumni, staff, and faculty—a global cohort that cares deeply about making a difference—is truly the right job at the right time for me.
You have been with the college for a few months now. How has it been and what are you looking forward to doing as we move into the spring and summer months?
It has been incredible. Staff, faculty, and alumni have welcomed me and made the transition very smooth. After taking the opportunity to get to know the campus community and put down some roots, I am looking forward to moving into warmer months. I love the change of seasons and, for me, this spring will bring the chance to work with the alumni board and staff to create a strategic blueprint for our work. There is fantastic programming going on at the Alumni House. However, the beauty of a new director is leveraging a new set of eyes to refine and focus our work.
Your role works very closely with our Westminster alumni. How do you hope to engage more with them?
I am excited to get to know our alumni. Currently, I am on a “listening tour” talking with alums from across the graduation-date spectrum. One of the skills that I brought with me is the ability to identify themes and distill information, and I will bring what I gather back to the leadership team at the Alumni House. We will use what I learn (on tour) to help guide the alumni board and staff in cultivating our programs to maintain a conduit for alums to continue to be a part of our vibrant community of lifelong learners.
What do you like to do outside of the office?
I am a gardener and an amateur chef. I also spend time in the great outdoors every day, whether on a bike or on foot. I have a Millcreek Canyon pass and head up the canyon often.
How would you describe your alter ego?
I would have to say that my alter ego is along the lines of Julia Child: proper, sensibly groomed, and a fearless cook. Perhaps Julie Child is too close to me? I am squeamish in the kitchen, and you will never find me slicing and dicing a game hen.
What else would you like our alums to know about you?
I would love to get to know our alums. As I mentioned, I am on tour, and I like to eat and drink. So hit me up and let’s grab a cup of coffee or lunch and get the ball rolling!
About the Westminster Review
The Westminster Review is Westminster College’s bi-annual alumni magazine that is distributed to alumni and community members. Each issue aims to keep alumni updated on campus current events and highlights the accomplishments of current students, professors, and Westminster alum.