Wheeling resident and native Christine “Chris” Carder was named as executive director of the WLU Foundation last spring.
“I’m a firm believer in supporting the University and its efforts and I’m happy to take on this role and assist the Foundation in reaching its goals,” she said. “I’ve always been grateful to WLU for the education I received and the many leadership skills I learned here. It’s nice to be able to give back.”
Prior to this position, Carder had a long career in education with Ohio County Schools, serving in a variety of roles over 38 years. During that time, she was a teacher, an assistant principal and a vocational director. She ended her first career as principal of Wheeling Park High School, which enrolled approximately 1,800 students at the time.
Chris, or Kiki as she was known when she was a West Liberty co-ed, earned her undergraduate degree in health and physical education and went on to earn a master’s in communication and a second master’s in educational administration, both from West Virginia University.
Her hobbies include following Hilltopper athletics and playing golf. She also enjoys time with her grandson, Leo. She is the mother of two sons, Carl, Chandler, Ariz., and Eric, deceased. A former member of the Foundation Board, she wants to continue to cultivate donors, stewardship and giving, in order to support, strengthen and sustain the University’s important work.
“This edition of Top of the Hill honors our numerous benefactors who continue to support the University through their generous giving,” she said. “Hopefully it inspires other alumni to give back and join our efforts.”
For more information, please contact Carder at 304.336.5635 or at [email protected]