Duffy named to Alumni Association post

Author: Arts and Letters


Elizabeth “Dolly” Duffy, president of Atchison Products and a 1984 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed assistant vice president for university relations and associate executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

“I am excited to have a person of Dolly’s experience and integrity joining our team,” said Charles F. Lennon, associate vice president for university relations and executive director of the Alumni Association. “She possesses a strong work ethic, a wide range of skills and a deep sense of commitment to Notre Dame. I look forward to working with her in fulfilling the Alumni Association’s mission of facilitating active involvement of alumni, nurturing the lifelong learning and spiritual development of our graduates, and fostering connections among alumni.”

Duffy will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Alumni Association, including communications, marketing, finance, technology, alumni affinity groups, and professional, academic, spiritual and service programs.

“Dolly’s role in the Alumni Association is very important to Notre Dame and our worldwide alumni base,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., University president. “Her business background and exceptional leadership ability will be invaluable to the Alumni Association, and we are blessed to have her returning to Notre Dame.”

Duffy earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Notre Dame. She and her husband, Dan Fangman, who earned his master of business administration degree from Notre Dame in 1984, purchased Atchison Products in 1990 and grew it substantially over 17 years. The company posted $15 million in sales in 2006 and last year was acquired by BIC Graphic USA.

Prior to purchasing Atchison Products, Duffy spent five years as an account executive for public relations firms in St. Louis and Kansas City. She began her career as the press secretary for a U.S. congressman and currently serves on the board of directors for the Promotional Product Association International.

Also active within Notre Dame’s alumni community, Duffy has served on the board of directors for Notre Dame clubs in Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Kansas City. In addition, she is a member of Notre Dame’s Advisory Council for University Libraries.

“It will be such a joy to return to Notre Dame as a place to work, worship and raise our family,” Duffy said.

Duffy and Fangman will be relocating to the South Bend area with their five children. Duffy will assume her role at the Alumni Association in August.

Founded in 1868, the Notre Dame Alumni Association serves more than 122,000 alumni and helps coordinate the activities of 267 Notre Dame clubs around the world. It also oversees the University’s Eck Visitors’ Center on campus.

Contact: Natasha DiPrima, senior director of communications and marketing, Alumni Association, 574-631-5112, ndiprima1@nd.edu

Originally published by Natasha DiPrima and Shannon Chapla at newsinfo.nd.edu on February 26, 2008.