Robyn Barnett Wilgis recently joined the Neag School of Education as the director of alumni relations. In her new role, she joins the Neag School’s Advancement Team, which includes Heather McDonald as director of development and Shawn Kornegay as director of marketing and communications. Wilgis is responsible for managing the Neag Alumni Society Board of Directors, along with planning and executing alumni programs and services that engage Neag alumni with each other and the Neag School.
“We are thrilled to have Robyn join the Neag School as our director of alumni relations,” said Dean Thomas C. DeFranco. “With her addition to the Neag School Advancement Team, she will elevate the engagement with our alumni. As an alumnus, she has great passion for the Neag School and has already hit the ground running.”
“This position blends my love for people, education and events beautifully,” said Wilgis. “I am excited to be working with a wonderful school and team that shares my passion for Neag alumni. I look forward to building our Neag community of alumni through networking and outreach events, volunteer opportunities, and recognizing our alumni.”
Wilgis brings a wide breadth of professional and volunteer experiences to her new role at the Neag School. Before becoming a certified school counselor and working in several elementary, middle and high school settings, she spent seven years as a mental health professional at Natchaug Hospital where, most recently, she was also an educational assistant.
A resident of Willimantic, she grew up in the local area and has been active with numerous organizations, including recently serving as co-president of the Parent Teacher Organization at Windham Center School and overseeing the Children’s Program at Storrs Community Church. Her degrees include a bachelor’s in sociology from Eastern Connecticut State University and a master’s in educational psychology from the Neag School.
She truly believes in the UConn motto, “Once a Husky, always a Husky.”
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