Carter Family Foundation Pledges $1 Million Gift to Concord College

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 21 2001

Carter Family Foundation Pledges $1 Million Gift to Concord College

Athens, W.Va. - The Carter Family Foundation in Beckley, W.Va., recently pledged one million dollars to Concord College.

The late Leslie R. Carter, a prominent Raleigh County banker, and his family, formed the Carter Family Foundation in 1981 with goals to support educational, religious and human service organizations. Throughout the years, the Carter Family Foundation has provided scholarship support for students who attend Concord College as well as other colleges in West Virginia. In addition, the Foundation has supported churches and civic organizations in the Raleigh County area. Mr. Carter managed the Foundation until his death in 1995.

Mrs. Ruby Webb Carter, widow of Leslie R. Carter and the last Carter family member on the Foundation board, played a key role in the decision to grant the gift to Concord. Mrs. Carter graduated from Concord College in 1941, received a master’s degree from West Virginia University and dedicated her life to education, having taught 41 years in the Raleigh County public schools—33 of those years as a first grade teacher at Institute School. Her family instilled the importance of education early in Mrs. Carter’s life and sent her to Concord College to get an education to become a teacher. After Mrs. Carter graduated from Concord and began her teaching career, her mother, then widowed, moved the family to Athens in order for her younger children to attend college.

Concord President Jerry Beasley stated that the gift would be dedicated to support of Concord’s teacher education program. “Mrs. Carter and the trustees of the Carter Family Foundation recognized and responded to a significant unmet need in our area with regard to teacher education and how state colleges can contribute to an area’s economic development through education. It is an example of leadership for others to follow,” stated President Beasley.

“The Carter gift will enable the College to have a far-reaching impact on teacher education in our region,” continued Beasley. “The gift will enable us to provide new courses including graduate-level classes for hundreds of teachers who live within driving distance of Concord, or want to access classes via new technologies. Moreover, the gift will enable us to continue to meet accreditation standards. For example, we are currently going through a review by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). Certification by this organization is essential to the quality of education we provide.”

“The importance of this gift to Concord and our students cannot be overestimated,” stated Vice President for Development J. Douglas Machesney. “It will provide perpetual support for programs, faculty and facilities. In recognition of the Carter Family Foundation’s commitment to education and to Concord College, we are naming a building in its honor. Centennial Hall will be named the Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center at a ceremony during our spring commencement in May 2001.”

Centennial Hall, dedicated in 1972, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the College, is a focus of activity on campus. It houses the department of physical education and health, intramurals, and intercollegiate athletic programs as well as a variety of classrooms and playing courts and it provides a means for serving community needs. Local schools and other organizations make extensive use of the facility.

Mrs. Carter stated that, “The Carter Family Foundation was founded on the basis of providing opportunities for the citizens of our area and that philosophy has been manifested in a variety of ways including scholarships for hundreds of capable students and aid to our colleges. We are pleased to know that our gift to Concord College will provide opportunities for teachers to pursue graduate studies here at home. We all know that better educated teachers result in better educated students.”

A dedication ceremony will be held in conjunction with Concord’s Commencement Saturday, May 12, 2001, 9:00 a.m. For more information please call 1-304-384-5317.


Photo 1: Centennial Hall at Concord College will soon be known as The Leslie R. and Ruby Webb Carter Center.