McDonough joins president's strategic initiatives team

Kim McDonough head shot

Kim McDonough

Kim McDonough joined the team in the office of the president May 15 in a new position, strategic initiatives project specialist. She reports to senior advisor to the president Sophia Magill and will support implementation of universitywide strategic initiatives including the 2022-31 strategic plan. More specifically, she will provide data and metrics management and analysis to advance strategic priorities -- including those selected through the annual proposal process -- and build and strengthen relationships with campus partners.

McDonough has worked at Iowa State for more than 14 years, most recently as director and then senior director of development for the College of Design (2018-23) and director of alumni relations for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2014-18).

She is a three-time alumna, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism and mass communication, and a doctoral degree in education from Iowa State.

Her office is in 1750 Beardshear. She can be reached by email at, by phone at 294-3073.