Members of the University of Charleston (UC) Builders serve as ambassadors for the University of Charleston. The organization was established as the Women Builders by President Leonard Riggleman in 1954. In 1990, the organization welcomed men to its membership and voted to adopt the name
University of Charleston Builders. President Edwin Welch values the members as builders of the vision and promoters of the image and growth of the University.
What do the UC Builders do?
The UC Builders has been important to the continued growth of the University, having donated more than $400,000 over its history for various projects. Members annual dues fund projects that help improve the quality of life for University students. In consultation with the University, members
choose a project and follow it through to completion. The projects have ranged from intellectual stimulation such as the purchase of library books and computer software to physical comfort such as the redecoration of the Student Lounge, Frankenberger Art Gallery, and Appalachian Room.
The Builders host a spring luncheon meeting, a fall luncheon meeting and three or more Book and Author luncheons annually. The guest speaker for each luncheon typically is either someone associated with the University or a visiting scholar or West Virginia author.
Why should you become a member?
The UC Builders' success depends on its involved members. With over 250 members, the organization has been able to make a huge difference in the well-being of the University. Meetings are informative, enjoyable, and a great way to make connections.
To make a reservation or for membership information please contact Stephanie Martin at 304-357-4734, email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or download the membership brochure.
September 27, 2017
Speaker: The Food Guy, Steven Keith, writer of a weekly food column in the Charleston Gazette-Mail and a blog about food in the Mountain State
October 25, 2017
Book and Author Luncheon
Speaker: Jean Edward Smith, biographer, Marshall University Professor of Political Science, and author of the recent biography "Bush"
December 6, 2017
Holiday Membership Luncheon
Performance by: The University Singers
February 28, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Ed Welch, UC President, recounts his time serving in the Executive Office of the President at The White House (1961-1971)
March 28, 2018
Book and Author Luncheon
April 25, 2018
7th Annual Artists Among Us Luncheon
May 23, 2018
Annual Meeting/Spring Membership Luncheon
Parking for all luncheons is available in the parking lot located in front of the east wing of Riggleman Hall.
*If the schedule changes, you will be notified by mail.