Carolyn Reibling Bligh

University of Hartford Degree Info:
Hartford Art School, BFA 1987, Majoring in Visual Communications (formerly titled Graphic Design)

Current Career Info:
2017 – Present: Director Facilities Design, Global Operations, ESPN, Bristol, CT

Past Career Info:
1993-Present: Owner, Bligh Graphics, LLC, Simsbury, CT

1987-1993: Director of Visual Communications, Russell Gibson Von Dohlen, Inc. Farmington, CT (now know as The SLAM Collaborative in Glastonbury, CT).


Other University of Hartford activities/volunteer service:
2013-2014: HAS Alumni Forum

2012-Present: Annual guest lecturer for Department of Architecture, College of Engineering, Technology, & Architecture

2014: Guest Speaker, BAR 21 Program, Barney School of Business

1994-2013: Construction Institute, University of Hartford, Past Board Member and Marketing Chair


Community Service:
2014-2015: President, Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)

2013-2016: Commissioner, Simsbury Economic Development

2014-2016: Simsbury Economic Development Task Force

2003-2016: CREW CT (Commercial Real Estate for Women), Communications Committee, Past Board Member and Blue Ribbon Awards Chair

2009-Present: Saint Mary’s Church, Simsbury, CT, Eucharistic Minister, Catechist, & Mercy Shelter (Meal Volunteer)


Why do you volunteer for the University of Hartford and the Alumni Association? Why do you think it is important to give back to your alma mater?
My invaluable education and life building experiences at The University of Hartford has been the foundation of my career and personal growth. Serving on the Alumni Board has been an honor, and has rekindled my affection for my alma mater. I have more school spirit, pride, and love for UHart than ever before. I owe it to the amazing people I am meeting, and the opportunities they are giving me to reconnect.  Their support and friendship has been a blessing, and for that I am truly grateful. Excited about the future of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, for we are one big sustaining family with an exciting future ahead.

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