A native of Dayton, Ohio,Dr. Linda Krug received her BA and MA in Speech Communication from Miami University of Ohio (’80 and ’81), and her PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska (’87). Krug came to Duluth in 1986, taking a professor position in the Communication department where over the years she has taught courses in public speaking, political communication, conflict management, and leadership. Krug has also held a number of administrative posts at UMD, chairing two departments, presiding over the faculty union, and serving as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
Krug’s areas of interest include public speaking, political communication, conflict resolution, and leadership development. Over the years, various research projects have focused on the speeches and addresses of former presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George Bush, and labor activists Eugene Debs and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. In 1991 she published Presidential Perspectives on Space Exploration: Guiding Metaphors from Eisenhower to Bush.
Shifting her focus from academics to community, in 2006 Krug completed coursework in civil mediation and became certified as a Rule 114 “Qualified Neutral.” In 2007 and 2008 she participated in two fellowships focused on building stronger community ties within the Duluth and Twin Ports’ regions. As a “catalyst” for the Knight Foundation’s Creative Community Catalyst program, Krug worked on a project to help the Twin Ports retain its graduating college students. As a fellow for the Blandin Foundation’s Community Leadership program, Krug worked on a project designed to make Duluth a more “active” city.
Krug expanded the scope of her community involvement in 2011 while still keeping one foot in the academy. She ran for – and won -- an at large seat on Duluth’s City Council; she was appointed by Minnesota governor Mark Dayton to serve on the state’s Commission on Judicial Selection; and she accepted a position as the Co-Director of UMD’s Masters of Advocacy & Political Leadership. Today Krug augments these three civic pursuits with several others, holding positions on Park State Bank’s Board of Directors, the St. Luke’s Foundation Board, the Great Lakes Aquarium Board, the Metropolitan Interstate Council, and the City’s Parking Commission.
An avid biker, hiker, and skier, Krug shares her love of the outdoors with her partner Leslie, and their two cats.
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