2012 Distinguished Alumni Recognized
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Brig. Gen. Arnold M. Gordon-Bray, Dale Carder, Immanuel Barshi, Glenn Chambers
Dale Carder, Distinguished Alumni Awardfor Service
Dale Carder established a reputation at UCM as a go-to man, someone who can take command of a situation when strong leadership is needed. His talent for knowing how to organize people was tapped for everything from integrated marketing and changing the university's name to recruiting students and fundraising.
Such abilities contributed to Carder's selection as the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service. This honor was established in 2012 to recognize individuals who have given their time, talent and resources to enhance the university, their community or both and are a true inspiration to all UCM alumni.
Carder retired from UCM in December 2011 after serving as interim chief development officer and executive director of the UCM Foundation, one of many leadership positions he held during the more than 20 years he spent on campus. He grew up in Excelsior Springs, Mo., and earned a bachelor's degree in education from UCM in 1972. He later earned a Master of Arts in Human Resources degree from Pepperdine University and an Education Specialist in Public Services degree from UCM.
Carder returned to UCM in 1991 as chair and professor in the Department of Military Science after a career in the U.S. Army, where he became a skilled helicopter pilot and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He contributed much to the university as a professor, academic advisor, department chair and administrator and had the opportunity to give back through many leadership roles at the local, state and national level.
Carder has been active in the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce as former president and has been a member and leader in groups that support adult continuing education, tourism, military affairs and collegiate licensing. He currently serves as president of The Carder Group LLC, where he offers his knowledge to higher education institutions while still serving his community and university.
For Carder, UCM provided the foundation for his careers in the military and higher education administration. He served as drum major for the Marching Mules as an underclassman and fondly remembers Russell Coleman as a faculty member who taught him to strive for the best.
"Dr. Coleman set a standard, and we met it," he said. "We practiced to get it right, and it was. He was a person whose positive outlook and enthusiasm made him someone you did not want to disappoint."
He recognizes his advantage in being able to return to his alma mater to have the same impact on young lives that he experienced.
"I guess I've always been the one who could go in and set things up and get them moving," he said. "The changes at UCM have been impressive. Increased admission standards mean our students are ready, and new facilities like the Student Recreation and Wellness Center are amazing."