Military Science Advisory Council

Joseph Allred

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Member Since: 2021

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Joseph L. “Ren” Allred loved working for the Army so much that when he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1996 after a 25-year career, he accepted related work in Eastern Europe with the U.S. State Department as the director of public affairs for the military stabilization program in Bosnia. But even stronger than his love of the military is his love for his family and for BYU. Allred directs all alumni-related activities on campus. Allred commands a staff of four full-time employees and four students who work year-round on projects that range from Semester Survival Kits (which parents can give freshmen and transfer students during their first semester at BYU) to the Senior Celebration–a free party with entertainment, food, and prizes for graduating seniors. While he runs his office with the efficiency of the military life he embraced for a quarter of a century, Allred’s approach also emphasizes warmth and affection. He attributes his leadership style to the years he spent working with civilians, where flexibility was as important as discipline.