Honors College Office of the Provost

An Interview with Margherita Ligorio


Name: Margherita Ligorio

Hometown: Udine, Italy

Degree(s): International Relations and Diplomacy (Bachelor’s and Master’s)

Why did you choose those degrees? 

I have always had an interest in learning about different countries and cultures, along with international affairs. I also always wanted to make an impact and have a better understanding of the different political, social and economic dynamics in the many areas of the world. 

What brought you to Auburn University as a Development Officer? 

I entered the NGOs’s world right after college and Development seemed a good way for me to learn about people and make an impact. I am a military spouse and we moved to Columbus, Georgia, in April 2019. I started looking at Development positions in the area and came across this opportunity at Auburn.

In the simplest terms, what do you do as a Development Officer? 

I develop and implement fundraising and advancement activities, including securing funds for the Honors College.

Do you have any hobbies? 

I like traveling, working out, reading and spending time with my husband and furry babies – I have 2 loving Great Danes (Porthos and Wallace).

What are small things that make your day better? 

A cappuccino in the morning, smiley faces and a walk with my dogs.

Movies, TV, or Books – or all three? 

All three

You’d be surprised to know that… 

I do not like Olive Garden!

What do you hope to accomplish in your position (that affects the Honors College specifically)? 

I would like to help make an impact on the Honors College’s students’ lives and make sure our donors realize what great things they are helping to accomplish. 

What are you most excited about working on? 

Hearing students’ stories about how the Honors College is helping them achieve their goals and hearing donors’ experiences in supporting great initiatives.

What advice would you give to an Auburn University student? 

Take advantage of every resource and opportunity you are given, be kind to one another, do not stress too much and travel a lot!

Do you have a favorite Auburn memory/or Auburn area memory? 

Not yet because I am very new to the area. But I am looking forward to making memories!

Best way to contact? 

Phone number (334) 844-8717

Last modified: March 9, 2020