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Welcome to the Office of Advancement at Concord University

The Concord University Office of Advancement works to seek out and develop ways to engage individuals, groups, organizations, the business community and others by encouraging partnerships and worthwhile channels between those who wish to contribute to Concord through gifts of time, talent and/or finances.  Either through the receipt of a gift or through involvement, supporting the University provides a return on investment for our donors, creating deep and lasting ties to the University - as well as to the students we serve.

Our goal is to communicate efficiently with the more than 25,000 alums across our country and around the globe.  The Office of Advancement is responsible for the Concord University quarterly magazine, all interaction with media, including press releases, online publications, social media and the general management of the University's image.

We strive to highlight the accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff as well as the successes of our alumni.  We truly believe the Mountain Lion family is the foundation to Concord's nearly 150 year history and the lifeline to everything our University has in store for its future.

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Concord University Magazine

Spring 2019

Archived Publications


Campus E-News

Donor Recognition

Below are the PDF files for the Donor Appreciation Banquet (DAP) and the Donor Honor Roll (DHR):

2019 Alumni Spotlight

October 2019: Sherry Hicks-Buckles '97

Congratulations to Concord alum Sherry Hicks-Buckles ’97 on her recent appointment to the General Manager position at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT. Sherry has over two decades of experience with Hyatt Hotels and was included in the 2017 Hotel F&B Magazine “Top 50 Women to Watch” list.
To read the full story about Sherry’s appointment please visit:

We wish Sherry the best of luck in her new position!

September 2019: Alyssa Morris '16


Congratulations to Concord alum and former softball standout Alyssa Morris on being named the head softball coach at Union College! Morris takes over the head coaching position for the Kentucky college after serving as an assistant coach last season. To read more about Alyssa’s appointment click HERE.

Best of luck to Alyssa and her team in the 2020 season!

August 2019: Monica Oglesby Holliday '10

Congratulations to Concord alum Monica Holliday on recently being named the Young Lawyer of the Year for West Virginia! The award is sponsored by the West Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Section and was presented to Ms. Holliday in Charleston in April.

Holliday currently serves as the legal director of ChildLaw Services, a Princeton based agency, where she works on protecting the legal rights of children who are involved in any legal process.

To read more about the work Holliday does and her journey to get there, please click HERE.
Congratulations to Monica on this well-deserved recognition!

July 2019: Nicolas Diehl ‘91

Congratulations to Concord alum Nicolas Diehl ’91 on recently being named the Executive Director of the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority. In this newly created position Nic will be responsible for oversight and marketing of the airport and its many resources.
To read the full story on Nic’s appointment please visit the following link:
Best of luck Nic in this new and exciting position!

June 2019: Jonathan Bolt ‘04


Congratulations to Concord alum Jonathan Bolt ’04 on being selected as one of two 2019 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award winners! Each year Poets & Writers selects a state to feature in this competition and West Virginia was the state chosen for 2019 so writers from the Mountain State were invited to submit works of poetry or fiction for consideration. Jon’s work was chosen as the winning entry for poetry. This fall Jon will go to New York City for the opportunity to visit with industry professionals to gain insight and advice, as well as to establish professional contacts.
The full release on Jon’s award can be found here:
Congratulations again to Jon on such an outstanding accomplishment!

May 2019: Donnie Holcomb '79

The Concord University Foundation was proud to announce the Holcomb Family Presidential Scholarship at its Beckley-Raleigh County Dinner held at The Resort at Glade Springs on April 25, 2019.  Concord alum Donnie Holcomb ’79 along with his wife, Linda and their daughter, Dr. Megan Holcomb Walker ’11 were in attendance.  The Holcomb’s established this endowed fund to benefit students from southern West Virginia students.  Donnie is the Dealer Principal at Mountaineer Automotive.  His dealership served as the Reception sponsor of the dinner. 
Also pictured are Linda’s sister, Leisa Bowman and Bobby Jones, a manager at Mountaineer Automotive.

April 2019: Ryan Meadows '17

Concord alum Ryan Meadows ’17 has taken his desire to share his faith and turned it into a hot new business. Back in the fall Ryan launched his apparel business, Trust Christ Bro, and the response to his products and his message has been very encouraging.

Click the link below to read a recent article about Ryan, his business and his journey so far: is external)

We are proud to have alums like Ryan who pursue their dreams and wish him the best of luck in this endeavor!

March 2019: Nikki Bales Rohrig ‘02

This month we wanted to highlight Concord alum Nikki Rohrig ’02 for the work she is doing to help support military working dogs overseas. Nikki currently serves as President of the Military Working Dog Team Support Association, Inc., a non-profit that supports active duty military working dog teams in combat zones.

To learn more about the organization, and how Nikki got involved with them, please visit the following link: is external)

Thank you Nikki for all that you are doing to support these amazing animals!

February 2019: Brian T. Arnold ‘09

This month we wanted to feature alum Brian T. Arnold ’09, who is making a name for himself in the field of TV and film writing. Recently, Brian was mentioned on two prestigious Hollywood writing lists: The Hit List, which is a list of the best spec screenplays of the year, and the Young & Hungry List, a list of Hollywood's Top 100 New Writers. He was also interviewed by Creative Screenwriting, an industry magazine and blog. You can check out the lists and Brian’s interview at the following links: is external) is external) is external)

Congratulations Brian on this recognition and best of luck to you as you continue pursuing your passion!

January 2019: Jada Reeves ‘02

Congratulations to Jada Reeves ’02 on being named the 2019 West Virginia Teacher of the Year! Ms. Reeves is a 5th grade teacher at Bradley Elementary in Mt. Hope, WV. In addition to her degree from Concord, she has a Reading Specialist Master’s Degree from Marshall University. Ms. Reeves is now in the running for the National Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced in April.

To read the full story about her award please click below:

2018 Alumni Spotlight

January 2018: Ben Baker '06

We’d like to congratulate Concord alum Ben Baker (’06) and his company, The Lake Norman Screenprinting Factory, on closing one million dollars in business during 2017! This is the factory that prints our Alumni shirts we give to new graduates. We certainly aren’t the only ones who recognize the quality. Congratulations! Read more here.


February 2018: Dr. Brad Lane (’02)

Join us in congratulating Concord alumnus Dr. Brad Lane (’02). Dr. Lane was recently recognized by the West Virginia Association of Optometric Physicians as their Optometrist of the Year! They had no trouble “seeing” just how great this Mountain Lion was at the profession! Read more about Dr. Lane and his award Here.


March 2018: Aaron Nicholas Brakefield '04

Recognize anyone while you and over 103 million people were watching the Super Bowl this year? Viewers were treated with Concord University alum Aaron Nicholas Brakefield grabbing snacks and playing his best air guitar in the Sheetz advertisement at halftime! Check the spot out Here.


April 2018: Tim Carrico ’17, Valerie Sullivan ’99, Larry Marrs ’03

A hearty congrats to not one, not two, but THREE Concord alumni from WVNS-TV who took home awards from the West Virginia Broadcasters Association! Valerie Sullivan (’99) won for ‘Best Locally Produced Television Show’, Larry Marrs (’03) for ‘Best Coverage of Breaking News’, and Tim Carrico (’17) for ‘Best TV Creative’. You can watch this crew’s work every day on 59 News all across southern West Virginia and online at

June 2018: Brian Allen '90, '13

Brian Allen '90, '13, Continuity Director at WJLS in Beckley, was awarded "Best Creative" in the radio category at the 2018 West Virginia Broadcasters Association annual awards ceremony in Morgantown, WV. Allen joined West Virginia Broadcasting - Raleigh County, in 2016. He writes copy, produces commercials and schedules their air time. He's also done some creative voice work and announcing for "99.5 The Big Dawg." Allen submitted the commercial he created for a local client last fall. "I was really excited about it," said Allen. "In this case, it was just the right opportunity and of course the voice people really helped the spot. It's always a team effort but it always feels good that you get to put it together." Award entries were judged out-of-state by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters. This was the 15th year for the award show, which alternates between Morgantown and Charleston every spring.

May 2018: Kevin Powell '89
Concord University alum Kevin Powell has been nationally recognized as the BEST seller of Suzuki motorcycles in the United States among other accolades!  Here are the stats:
Kevin Powell of Kevin Powell Motorsports in Charlotte, NC was just recognized as the #1 selling volume dealer in the country for Suzuki motorcycles.
Kevin Powell’s Foothill Ford in Pilot Mountain, NC was also recently recognized as the #1 selling volume dealer in its zone for Ford Motor Company.
Kevin Powell’s Automotive and Powersports Group operates six locations throughout Central North Carolina, representing 11 different manufacture franchises.  They specialize in finding solutions to help customers get approved for a nicer, newer car or motorcycle of their dreams, retailing over 4,000 units per year!
You can check out the website here!  


July 2018: Christy Laxton ’04 and Justin Marlowe ‘01

Congratulations to Concord alumni Christy Laxton and Justin Marlowe on both being named to the Generation Next: 40 Under 40 Class of 2018! The
class was announced earlier this year at an event in Charleston and includes West Virginians from all over the state with backgrounds in fields including law, education and fundraising. To check out the entire class list please click here.

Concord University is proud to have these two outstanding alumni recognized for their contributions to our great state!

August 2018: Richard Jarrell ‘84

Congratulations to alum Richard Jarrell ’84 on being awarded his third Chick-fil-A restaurant, set to open off of Harper Road in Beckley later this year. Jarrell is one of only 19 operators in the national chain to be awarded three restaurants.

To read more about Jarrell’s accomplishment please click here!

We wish Richard much success as he expands his business!


September 2018: Herbert Wheeler ‘65

Last month Concord alum Herbert Wheeler ‘65 was inducted into the West Virginia Wall of Valor. The Wall of Valor award was created to recognize extraordinary pilots with military experience. Wheeler is only the second individual to be inducted into the aviation Wall of Valor.

To read more about Wheeler and his experiences click here!

Congratulations to Mr. Wheeler on such a distinguished honor!

October 2018: Sherry East ‘91

Congratulations to Concord alum Sherry East ’91 on being named the President of the South Carolina Education Association! Sherry is a high school science teacher at the Phoenix Academy in Rock Hill, SC and has served in other leadership roles within the SCEA and the York County Education Association. Sherry has a M.S. in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University and has completed an additional 30+ graduate credits from Clemson University. She will serve a 4 year term as the SCEA President.

November 2018: Paige Hunter ‘84

Congratulations to Brigadier General Paige Hunter ’84 on being chosen by the Charleston YWCA as one of its five honorees for their Women of Achievement awards!

Brigadier General Paige Hunter is the Assistant Adjutant General and Commander of the West Virginia Air National Guard and has been honored with many awards for her service. Some of them include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Hunter will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Charleston in March.

December 2018: Nick Bias ‘06

Congratulations to Nick Bias ’06 on being named the NCAA DII Men’s Cross Country Atlantic Region Coach of the Year! The USTFCCCA made the announcement in late November after Bias led his team at the University of Charleston through a historic season. His team won the Mountain East Conference and NCAA DII Atlantic Region championships this fall and is competing in the NCAA DII National Cross Country Championships in early December. Bias was also named the 2018 MEC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by his coaching peers in the Mountain East.

Many congrats to Nick on an outstanding season and best of luck at the national championships!

Alumni Directory Project

Concord University / PCI Alumni Directory Project Frequently Asked Questions


Is this a legitimate CU project?

Yes, this project is legitimate. The Concord University Advancement Office has partnered with Publishing Concepts, Inc. (PCI) to verify and update our alumni database. Even though the postcards, emails and phone calls are coming from PCI they are reaching out to you on behalf of CU.


Why is CU doing this?

Every five years or so, the CU alumni office goes through this process. Alumni information changes so frequently that it is helpful to periodically reach out to ALL alumni to verify that the information in our office is correct. Having current information helps with reporting and helps ensure that alumni are receiving communications from Concord.


Do I have to respond to their communications?

Responding to PCI helps us to verify that the information we have on file for our alumni is accurate so we are encouraging each alum to respond to PCI when they reach out to you.


How did PCI get my information?

The Advancement Office has a standard policy that we do not give out alumni information to anyone. Sharing information with PCI is the only time that we do this and we only do this so that they can reach out to alumni on our behalf to verify our records for us.


What do you do with the information I give to PCI?

PCI sends any updated information back to us and we update our records accordingly. PCI prints an alumni directory for us, which includes information on our alumni. This directory is available for purchase from PCI and they will make this offer during your phone call with them.


Do I have to buy an alumni directory?

You are under no obligation to buy anything from PCI. They will update your record for us regardless of whether you make a purchase or not.


I haven’t heard from PCI yet. Will they contact me?

PCI will be reaching out to all alumni that we have contact information on file for. They will be reaching out via email, postal mail (that little yellow postcard!) and via phone. They are contacting alumni in stages so not all alumni will be contacted at the same time.

If you have additional questions about the project please contact the Alumni Office at or 304-384-5348.



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Advancement Events

Homecoming Parade

Mr. Andrew Sulgit

October17Thursday6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Keg & Eggs

Sarah Turner

October19Saturday10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Grill + Chill Post Game Party

Sarah Turner

October19Saturday5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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