Linda Bachman is assistant dean for external affairs at UGA's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the university's oldest and largest college, which spans more than 60 departments, centers, and institutes across the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and arts. She is responsible for a comprehensive program of fund raising and communications for the college. She is also charged with developing a portfolio of strategic academic initiatives designed to extend the reach of Franklin's academic programs and create greater synergies among academic programs and external affairs efforts, and she coordinates the college’s strategic planning initiatives.
Bachman has more than two decades of experience in institutional advancement, with particular expertise in strategic planning, funding proposals, and the development of boards. Bachman was principal of Kingsburg Consulting, a fund raising and communication strategy firm for higher education and nonprofit organizations she established in 2003. She served as director of institutional advancement for both the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; as senior major gifts officer at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center; and as director of donor relations and advancement services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Bachman has also worked in development at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Michigan Law School, contributing to the planning and execution of a major capital campaign at each.
She earned her A.B., magna cum laude, in English and history at Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. in English at the University of Michigan, where she pursued doctoral work in critical theory and American autobiography.