University of Charleston

The UC Alumni Association provides graduates with programs and services that encourage personal and professional growth while creating opportunities to stay connected to the University.

The University of Charleston Alumni Association (UCAA) is the primary contact for UC alumni with their alma mater. The Association’s mission is to create and maintain relationships between the alumni and the university, provide alumni with resources and opportunities to enhance their professional and alumni experiences, and to build financial support for the Association and the University, and promote the University of Charleston as a vital part of West Virginia’s future.”

Anyone who has attended Morris Harvey College/University of Charleston is eligible for active membership in the Alumni Association. Benefits provided to members of the UCAA includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Access to career services offered by the Center for Career Development
  • Alumni communications such as the Golden Eagle AlumNews monthly e-newsletter and the Maroon and Gold alumni magazine
  • 10% discount at the UC Bookstore
  • Free entry into certain University events, including the Homecoming tailgate, Professional Development Institute and continuing education courses
  • Opportunities to volunteer and work with students

National Alumni Board

The National Alumni Board is a group of alumni from across the country, graduates from various years, committed to working with the University to make the alumni experience and enjoyable and valuable one. National Alumni Board members serve to facilitate communication between alumni and the University and are informed ambassadors for the University of Charleston.

The National Alumni Board meets twice a year at the University of Charleston


  • George Alexander, ‘66
  • Ben Blackwell, ‘67
  • Kris Burfiend, ‘66
  • Carolyn Kelso Burton, ‘71
  • B Diane Clements, ‘65
  • Mary Converse, ‘65
  • Bill Daneluk, ‘75
  • Larry Devlin, ‘72
  • Sherrie Ellison, ‘80
  • Paul Ewing, ‘65
  • Jeff Ferrell, ‘70
  • Kevin Fulmer, ‘94
  • Mike Gibbs, ‘79
  • Bill Goukenour, ‘68
  • Sharon Goukenour, ‘67
  • Bradley Harris, ‘13
  • Richard Herndon, ‘73
  • Charlie Houck, ‘69
  • Jennifer Jeffries-Gallagher, 98
  • Scott Kinard, ‘11
  • David Kurtz, ‘80
  • Ned Lehmann, ‘66
  • Tom Marchio, ‘65
  • Jimmy Meadows, ‘04
  • Tom Miller, ‘66
  • Ryan Moran, ‘12
  • Nina Denton Pasinetti, ‘65
  • Ed Rabel, ‘63
  • John Ranson, ‘62
  • Bren Stevens, ‘80
  • Cory Stout, ‘10
  • Pete Thacker, ‘65
  • Doug Walters, ‘65
  • Robert Wilson, ‘73
  • Lisa Woo, ‘74


If you are interested in serving on the National Alumni Board, contact:

Molly Ballard
Director of Alumni Relations

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.

More Information

To make a reservation or for membership information please contact Catherine Eckley at 304-357-4925, email us at, or download the membership brochure.

Both the Alumni Gallery of Achievement and the Alum of the Year Award provide the university the opportunity to recognize and spotlight those alumni who have achieved greatness and most clearly illustrate demonstrate living the mission of the University of Charleston through “productive work, enlightened living and community involvement.”

These are alums who serve as examples of what an education from the University of Charleston can mean for today’s students.

Alumni Gallery of Achievement

The University of Charleston’s Alumni Gallery of Achievement is reserved for alumni who have realized great success in their career, contributed greatly to their alma mater, and/or have been instrumental in societal advancements. Induction into the Gallery is the highest honor bestowed on our alumni and provides the opportunity to recognize and honor the notable achievements of these outstanding individuals.

University of Charleston honored and inducted five alumni into the Alumni Gallery of Achievement in February, 2015. The five alumni inductees are: William T. Bolling, Magdalena De La Cruz Cook-Garcia, Stephen E. Kawash, Karen Price, and Robert Pumo.

Alum of the Year

Each year, the University of Charleston recognizes an outstanding alum who has made notable contributions over the past year to the University and/or his her community, personifying the University’s mission by living a life of “productive work, enlightened living and community involvement.”

If you would like to nominate an alumnus for the Alumni Gallery of Achievement or for Alum of the Year, please contact the Alumni Office.

Molly Ballard
Molly Ballard

Director of Alumni Relations