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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 23,000 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 150 year history and the lifeline to everything our University has in store for its future.

January 2023: David Woodard ’03

David Woodard

David Woodard ’03 has been named President of the Virginia School Boards Association. He has served on the Tazewell County School Board since 2008 and is the first person from the county to be named president. Participating on various boards and previously serving terms as chairman of the school board, David has committed to providing exceptional service to the area and state of Virginia. Congratulations and best of luck, David!

December 2022: Deirdre Cline ’86

Deirdre has been named West Virginia Department of the Arts, Culture and History’s Superintendent of the Year! She became a classroom teacher more than three decades ago, worked as an assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Deirdre is the superintendent of Wyoming County and is the county’s first female schools superintendent.

November 2022: Delnora Reed ’96

Delnora, a native of Princeton, WV, is a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN who has been excelling in her music career throughout the year. She was recently nominated for Album and Vocalist of the Year by the Josie Music Awards held at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on October 23. Over the summer, she won the Inspirational Country Music Awards New Artist of the Year and Inspirational Song of the Year. Delnora was also on the cover of Christian Power Source magazine for the September 2022 issue.

October 2022: Pamela Fink ’03

Pamela “LeeAnn” Fink has been named the 2022 Administrator of the Year by the West Virginia Health Care Association (WVHCA) while serving as the Executive Director of Mercer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, in Bluefield, WV. Pamela’s dedication to her community, residents, and profession has spanned across several years. Congratulations to Pamela on this well-deserved award, thank you for making a difference in the lives of many in our region!

September 2022: Henrietta Skeens ’88

Henrietta Skeens

As a 1988 Business Administration graduate of Concord and a CPA, Henrietta Skeens was recently appointed as Chief Financial Officer of UP Health System – Marquette. Henrietta’s experience in multiple accounting firms and serving in a number of CFO roles has prepared her for this new appointment. Congratulations, Henrietta!

August 2022: Ashley Wheeler ’17

Ashley Wheeler

The month of August brings the highly anticipated West Virginia State Fair and this year Ashley Wheeler ’17 was announced as the winner of the First Annual State Fair of WV Official Art Contest. Ashley’s artwork ‘Lucky Duck’ which showcases a young boy holding a duck with the scenery of the fair in the background is featured as the official print of the State Fair. Congratulations to Ashley on this achievement!

July 2022: Dr. Jason Gardner ’01

Jason Gardner

Congratulations to Dr. Jason Gardner on being named as the new superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District in Mooresville, NC! Since graduating from Concord in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Dr. Gardner has served in a variety of roles across the span of 20 years in public education that has prepared him to lead Mooresville Graded School District. We wish Jason the best of luck in this new role!

June 2022: Norma Acord ’10

Norma Acord

Congratulations to Norma Acord on being named Teacher of the Year for Wyoming County Schools for the 2021-2022 school year! Norma is a 2010 graduate of Concord with a degree in Studio Art and has taught at Wyoming East High School for the past three years. The one ceramics class at Concord that influenced her decision to pursue art has now touched the lives of many students in Wyoming County. We are Concord Proud of the many educators making a difference in their communities!

May 2022: Riley Fitzwater ’21, ’22

Riley Fitzwater

Fellow Mountain Lion, Riley Fitzwater, will be pursuing a professional basketball career after signing with BC Triple Threat in the Netherlands. The team competes in the highest level in the Netherlands as part of the Women’s Basketball League. Riley becomes the first Concord women’s basketball player to sign a professional contract once exhausting eligibility in the Maroon and Gray. Congratulations Riley, we look forward to cheering you on from Athens!

April 2022: Jennifer Polk ’10

Jennifer Polk

Congratulations to Jennifer Polk on being sworn in as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Mercer County. She says she could start by working in magistrate court, and possibly doing abuse and neglect cases. The past six years Jennifer served as a law clerk for Judge Wills. We wish Jennifer the best of luck in this new role as she serves the citizens in our local area!

March 2022: Chance Raso ’15

Chance Raso

The March alumni spotlight features Chance Raso ’15 on his recent appointment as a Special Projects Coordinator with the NRGRDA. Raso was a former park ranger at the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and has joined the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) to bolster its outdoor recreation capabilities and support coordination of gateway community projects.

February 2022: Erin Ellis-Reid ’15

Erin Ellis-Reid

Congratulations to Erin on her recent appointment as Oak Hill’s new Community and Economic Development Coordinator! In this role Erin will be seeking grants, engaging the community, and identifying ways to further promote and grow the city of Oak Hill. We wish Erin the best of luck in this new adventure!

January 2022: Robby Moore ’03

Robby Moore

January’s alumni spotlight features Robby Moore ’03 for his recent exhibit at Carnegie Hall celebrating February’s Black History Month. Robby is one of three artists who is featured in the exhibits that run through March 25. Robby is the Executive Director of the Beckley Arts Center and co-founded Treehouse Arts Ensemble in WV where he currently serves on the Board of Directors.

To read more about Robby and the Carnegie Hall exhibits, click here!