Meet NAU's New Director of Alumni Relations and Community Outreach: Georgette Vigil

georgette old main 300x200Northern Arizona University welcomes the new Director of Alumni Relations and Community Outreach: Georgette Vigil (pronounced vee-HILL).  Georgette brings two decades of experience in marketing and alumni relations to NAU. Her passion for higher education advancement combined with her event planning, communications and community-building skills will serve the university to expand our presence in the community and increase alumni engagement... plus add True Blue NAU spirit all around. Among Georgette's duties as director are working with the alumni board to increase participation, volunteerism, fundraising and community outreach; leading the alumni team in setting up events for alumni and friends to enjoy; serving as a liaison between the university and our community, and leading communications efforts with alumni and the community. We asked Georgette a few questions on behalf of our alumni community so everyone can get to know her a little before you meet her at an upcoming event...

Pine: Tell us about your background – where you grew up, other professional experiences, etc.

Georgette: I grew up in Denver, Colorado. My family has a deep-rooted history with the state. In fact, my ancestors were among the original settlers. I am a proud fifth generation Colorado native. Growing up I was active in student government from elementary school through college. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. This is also where my career kicked off in higher education. I worked in annual giving, student admissions and in alumni relations. Most recently I was employed in the private sector in marketing and community relations.


Pine: What is one thing all alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the university should know about you?

Georgette: Alumni, faculty and staff should know that I understand the importance of community connections. Teaming up with community is where “big things happen.” Perhaps, Margaret Mead said it best, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”


Pine: Why did you want to become NAU’s Director of Alumni Relations and Community Outreach?

Georgette: I had a strong desire to be the Director of Alumni Relations and Community Outreach because I was intrigued by the NAU leadership, advancement team, students and alumni.  I was impressed by the growth at NAU in the last 10-15 years and the 2020 Vision plan. Everyone here is committed to excellence and is truly accountable to the state of Arizona, alumni and friends.


Pine: What are you most looking forward to in your role as both alumni director and community outreach director?

Georgette: In my role, I am most looking forward to connecting with the advancement team and alumni for maximum benefit for NAU. I believe that we can reach the next level of excellence with strong alumni and community engagement.


Pine: What do you hope to accomplish in your first year in this role?

Georgette: In my first year I want to increase NAU’s alumni and community outreach by working with the Alumni Board of Directors, Alumni Relations Staff, and University Advancement team to increase participation at our programs and events. I’d like to connect with alumni and learn about their desires.  Together we can propel the value of their degree and the continued success of their alma mater.


Pine: What do you like to do for fun - when you’re not working?

Georgette: My husband and I like to explore outdoors. We enjoy hiking, biking, snowshoeing, camping and more. It’s fantastic that in Flagstaff all of these activities can happen with little to no commute. We also enjoy traveling and connecting with our family and friends.


Pine: What is your favorite book?

Georgette: My favorite business book is “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference” by Malcolm Gladwell. This book highlights the pinnacle moments that ideas reach a critical mass and spread to popularity. I enjoy exploring what motivates people to action.


Pine: What is your favorite movie?

Georgette: My favorite all-time movie is “Amelie” this is an interesting French film. It’s quirky and fun. The gist of this film relates love, life and dreams. It shows how we all are connected. My favorite line in the film is “It's better to help people than garden gnomes.”  Perhaps in this case it is better to help Lumberjacks than garden gnomes.


Pine: Anything else you’d like to add?

Georgette: I look forward to meeting as many Lumberjacks as I can. Please stay in touch and continue to share your stories. We are interested in knowing how you are paving your path to excellence. If you are inclined, we have opportunities for you to make a difference for our future Lumberjacks.