M.S.Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Hofstra University (2014)
B.S. Journalism, Boston University (2010)
Experiences are powerful – whether in the form of a college memory reflected on during an alumni reunion or in the final steps a first generation college student takes across the commencement stage. Director of University Events Christina Edwards sees the power of constituent experiences in every event she plans. Responsible for UNC's most prominent events, Christina directs University Commencement, the Honored Alumni Award Ceremony, national donor events, and other large events that aim to increase constituent engagement and connection with the university. Each event offers constituents a memorable experience designed to enhance their relationship and connection to UNC.
Christina’s love for creating memorable experiences began as an undergraduate student planning major events for her university. She transitioned to admissions programming and now directs her favorite type of event – the celebrations and gatherings that connect alumni to their alma mater. Christina’s events have brought alumni from years past back to campus for the first time in decades, recognized internationally acclaimed alumni for ensuring foreign student access to a UNC education, and forged opportunities that inspired alumni to generously invest in scholarships like those sponsored by the alumni association.
With more than 70 events hosted around the country each year, Christina is responsible for engaging thousands of UNC alumni, donors and friends. She ensures that each experience and relationship is valued and reflective presidential standard of hospitality embedded in UNC's brand, values and history.
Every time I walk across Hi Bridge I feel an overwhelming sense of being surrounded by history. The UNC folklore I hear from the 50-year reunion class each year is steeped in tradition, and many of those stories include Hi Bridge, where students outside the student union at the time said “Hi” to each other as they crossed. I enjoy being part of that history even though I’m so far removed from the era when Hi Bridge was in the height of its glory.