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People who know and worked with Associate Vice President Emeritus Dale Carder say he approached his 18 years of service to UCM with passion, energy and a commitment to helping the institution advance.
His affiliation with the campus dates back to when he was a student, earning a bachelor’s degree in education and participating in ROTC and marching band. He went on to become a helicopter test pilot and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, finding time to earn a master’s degree at Pepperdine University.
After 20 years of service to his country, Carder returned to his alma mater in 1991 as chair of the Department of Military Science. His leadership skills were employed as program coordinator for the College of Education and Human Services in 1993, followed by director of Outreach Services in 1995, and assistant provost for Enrollment Management and Marketing in 1996, where he spurred a 14 percent increase in freshman enrollment during his third year. After serving a year as assistant provost for Outreach and Marketing, Carder was named associate vice president for University Advancement in 2002, followed by his service as interim chief development officer and executive director of the UCM Foundation, beginning in 2010.
Carder’s accomplishments were numerous. As associate vice president, he chaired the Integrated Marketing Team and initiated a new licensing and retailer program that received the Intercollegiate Licensing Association’s 2007 Synergy Award for best intercollegiate licensing program. The first charitable gift annuity and first permanently endowed professor at the university also occurred under his leadership as interim chief development officer.
Carder was recognized by his colleagues in 2007 as recipient of the John Paul Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff, and during the 2012 Homecoming he was recognized as the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service.