Allison K. Dykes was named vice president and secretary of the university in January 2014. Dykes is responsible for working with the president and the president's cabinet in promoting effective governance of the university's Board of Trustees, and fostering collaboration among members of the university and the board.
In her previous position as vice president for alumni relations, Dykes served as a member of the senior staff of the division of Development and Alumni Relations, which successfully completed a $1.69 billion fundraising campaign at the end of 2012. She received the Emory University Award of Distinction in 2012.
Dykes joined the university in 1997 as director of regional programs, developing and managing a university-wide alumni volunteer leadership program in major U.S. cities. From 1999-2002, she was the Emory Alumni Association's (EAA) interim and then executive director for programming and operations, planning and managing the completion and all policy development associated with Emory's Miller-Ward Alumni House, which opened in 2000.
Dykes also initiated and managed a process for strategic planning for programming and volunteer leadership development still used by the EAA. She was named associate vice president in 2002 and then vice president in 2006.
Under her leadership, the EAA has redefined its role and mission to focus on leadership development and volunteer management for Emory's approximately 120,000 alumni. The EAA is recognized for its work defining and measuring alumni engagement.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia, Dykes holds a bachelor's degree in French and a Certificate in Global Policy Studies.