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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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WARRENSBURG - 04/25/2007 - A skilled leader who has demonstrated an exceptional ability to solve problems and build consensus is how friends and colleagues at the UCM describe Dale Carder. Such qualities contributed to the selection of the associate vice president for university advancement as the 2007 recipient of the John Paul Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff.
Professional Staff Council Hosts Annual Luncheon
Carder accepted the award at a luncheon hosted by the Professional Staff Council April 17. He becomes the fifth recipient of the award, which was established by PC to recognize excellence among UCM's many professional staff members.
Award Recognizes Commitments to University, Community
The award is named for John Paul Mees, who passed away while serving as vice president of planning and policy/executive assistant to the president at UCM. It is based on nominations of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment in areas including: the university, their community, professional activities, and service to students. Criteria also covers offices and positions held by the nominee during their employment at UCM.
Friendship Makes Award Significant
Carder said that receiving such an award conjures a variety of emotions, having known and worked with Mees.
"I'm honored to be recognized by my peers, but I'm also humbled by the caliber of people who won this award before me," Carder said. "Couple that with the fact that the person the award is named after was my friend, and it's almost an overwhelming experience."
Dale Carder, second from left, recently was named the 2007 recipient of the John Paul Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff. Joining Carder in the presentation were, left to right, Michelle Hendricks, president of the UCM Professional Staff Council; Joan Mees, wife of the late Dr. John Paul Mees; and Joyce Huffman, chair of the Professional Staff Council Awards Selection Committee.
Career with UCM as Student, Faculty and Administrator
According to individuals who nominated Carder, he is an administrator who has approached his vast duties over the past 16 years with passion, energy and a commitment to helping the institution to advance. That commitment dates back to when he was a student on campus during the height of the Vietnam War. He earned his bachelor's degree in education and participated in ROTC and marching band. Then he went on to become a helicopter test pilot and lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, where he found time to earn a master's degree at Pepperdine University. After 20 years of service to his country, he returned to his alma mater in 1991 as chair of the Department of Military Science.
Over the years, Carder's leadership skills have been employed in eight different administrative roles, including top posts in Extended Campus; Enrollment Management, where he spurred a 14 percent increase in freshman enrollment during his third year; and Outreach and Marketing. He assumed his current position in 2002.
Problem Solving Key to Success
In his nomination letter, George Boddy, director of Extended Campus and Distance Learning, describes what has made Carder such a versatile leader.
"Early in his tenure at UCM, Dale demonstrated an exceptional ability to manage and solve problems. As a consequence, whenever there was an area that needed attention or an important vacancy that needed filling, Dale was often called upon," Boddy said.
Tireless Leadership and Dedication to UCM
More recently the tireless promoter of all things UCM has succeeded in reinvigorating the institution's licensing program to become the top in the nation, spearheaded the Integrative Marketing Team, led the charge for a name change, and oversaw the week-long inauguration activities for President Aaron Podolefsky.
Service Extends to Community
His commitment to his community is extensive, and includes his current service as a board member and chair elect of the Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Board of Directors, as well board member of the Warrensburg Area Partners in Prevention committee. As chair-elect of the Chamber Board of Directors, he's leading efforts by the branding committee to spread the word about his college town.
Ties with Students Remain Important
Carder has a strong relationship with students that dates back to his days in ROTC. He is known for acts of consideration such as the annual barbecue he hosts for ROTC students at his own expense. Some efforts may go under the local radar, but the impact is significant to those touched by them.
U.S. Army Major Daniel R. Hochstatter, a 1994 alumnus, remembers how Carder encouraged him to tryout for the Ranger Challenge Team while attending UCM, something he said he would have never attempted otherwise.
"That would be the first of many challenges I would face. Because of Mr. Carder's leadership and commitment, I have learned how to handle challenges and to be a better leader," he said.
A UCM flag now hangs in a U.S. military dining hall serving 4,000 soldiers in Iraq. For Hochstatter, it's a reminder of his alma mater, and the flag donor's continued commitment to students and alumni everywhere.