In 2017, Madgetta Dungy moved to Fort Collins from Iowa City, Iowa with her husband, retired Pediatrician, Dr. Claibourne Dungy, to live closer to their daughter and her family. Her professional career was spent in university administrative positions serving as Admissions Director, University of Minnesota School of Medicine; Financial Aid Officer, Stanford University; Student Academic Advisor and Director of Summer Programs, University of California, Irvine; and Director and medical student advisor, The University of Iowa College of Medicine. She retired as Assistant Dean for Faculty, in the College of Medicine, The University of Iowa. Outside of higher education, she served as Director of Membership Services for the Girl Scout Council of Orange County, CA. Dungy holds a B.A. (Political Science), Cornell College, IA, M.A (Higher Education Administration), University of Colorado, Boulder, and Ph.D. (Educational Policy & Leadership Studies) The University of Iowa.
Dungy’s father was a Minister. Her mother was a public school teacher and Director of the church children’s choir. Thus, her introduction to music came through hearing beautiful church music: hymns, anthems, arias, and exceptionally talented organists, vocalists and other musicians. Saturday mornings were spent listening to the New York Metropolitan Opera Company on radio’s Texaco Programs. Raised in a family of educators who deeply appreciated music, Dr. Dungy spent her childhood studying piano, organ, violin, and singing in church choirs. She learned the art of musical performance while performing in recitals and school orchestras. However, it was college experiences, and a minor in fine arts, that spurred the impetus to study and develop a deeper knowledge, and appreciation of classical music.
Past community service activities include: Board of Director memberships Riverside Theater, Iowa City, The University of Iowa Museum of Art; the African American Historical Museum of Iowa; and Iowa Women’s Foundation, (Board President), and Cornell College, Board of Trustees. Currently she serves First Presbyterian Church, Fort Collins on Session, the church council. Music is a refuge! We are fortunate to have the Fort Collins Symphony in our community. Because of a life long interest and support of classical music, the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors is both an honor and a privilege.