Donna K. Graham, M.S.


Director of Employer Relations, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences





StrengthsQuest Themes:

Strategic... Positivity... Empathy... Discipline... Developer


How did you get started in the Career Services profession?

I completed my undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Arkansas and was a student in the Bumpers College. I began my career working in various aspects of the retail industry. During this time, my professors from the Bumpers College continued to serve as mentors for me and my career. When the Employer Relations position was created, they informed me about the opportunity. I was excited to return to the University of Arkansas and serve students while still remaining connected with the outside industry.

Describe a “typical work day” in the Career Center.

My office is actually located in the Bumpers College, but I am frequently in the Career Center. I spend a lot of my time traveling to engage with employers to strengthen the relationships between industry and the Bumpers College. On campus, I attend faculty and staff meetings to stay informed of exciting advancements on campus. I also meet with students whenever possible to make sure I am in touch with their interests and concerns. The Bumpers College is a diverse place. I enjoy transitioning between all the different majors. My job is never boring!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I enjoy staying active. I love running and yoga. I spend as much time with my family and friends as possible. I enjoy traveling and I am always up for a road trip! I also really love concerts.

What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?

I love the Pacific Northwest. I think Canon Beach, Oregon is the most unique and beautiful place I have ever visited. I also really love that I have been to Liechtenstein. It is one of the smallest countries in the world located between Switzerland and Austria.

What do you like best about living in NWArkansas?

I feel so lucky to live in NWA. Fayetteville is such a cool little town, but we have all these amazing things to do. I get to live in a college town, but corporate Wal-Mart brings so many unique opportunities to the area. NWA has become a microcosm of the world.