UA Names 2 Directors of Employee Relations

FAYETTEVILLE -- The University of Arkansas has hired two new directors of employer relations – Donna Graham and Erica Estes – to increase the number of employers who provide job opportunities for UA students and recent alumni.

Both Graham and Estes are UA graduates and have worked successfully in both the academic world and in fields outside of campus. They both have strong insights into what public and private employers are seeking and what steps students can take toward assuring jobs soon after graduation.

"Our commitment to supporting our vision of becoming a Top 50 public research university is critically linked with our ability to collaborate with the colleges and academic departments," said Danny Pugh, vice provost for Student Affairs and dean of students, in a news release. "These collaborative positions are critical to helping students find internships and employment."

These two new positions and are modeled after the director of employer relations in the College of Engineering, which has been in place for more than 15 years, and currently held by Brian Henderson.

"These directors play a vital part in the recruitment of employers who will provide internship and job opportunities for our students," Pugh said "While we have several in place, we desperately need additional resources to support the colleges where we do not yet have these positions."