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Meet Gail Carter


“I am truly looking forward to meeting alumni and friends of UC.  The passion they have for the school is amazing and I want to hear stories about their memories of UC and MHC.”

Following a national search, the University of Charleston found the right candidate in its own backyard. Gail Carter is our new Vice President for University Development, responsible for leading the Office of Advancement, furthering development activity, and continuing to grow alumni and community relations at the university.

“UC has been a place that I value as a Charlestonian – it is part of our community,” she said. “I grew up in Charleston attending community events, kids camps, and even swim lessons so it has always been a familiar place for me.  More recently I have had the opportunity to interact with students and faculty – UC has an energy that I wanted to be a part of with great people leading the charge.”

She began her time at UC at the end of March – with the university having transitioned to online classes and staff working from home.  It was certainly a different way to begin a new position! Learning a new job while tackling Team video conferencing and other new technology, Gail has offered a lot of praise for her team, UC staff, alumni, and friends who have been welcoming and supportive.

Gail has years of experience with the nonprofit sector statewide. She has held leadership roles in development as Director of the Highland Hospital Foundation, and most recently as Vice President, Foundations and Endowments Consultant at BB&T, now Truist. Her knowledge and passion for the nonprofit community go beyond her professional capacity as evidenced in her volunteerism for many Charleston area organizations over the past 20 years.

She holds Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Ohio University. She also holds a Master of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Gail is a current board member of the Charleston Rotary Club, a member of Philanthropy WV, WELD (Women’s Economic and Leadership Development), and Kanawha Valley Council on Philanthropy. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership West Virginia.

“The advancement team is amazing as we are finishing out the school year on a positive note and planning for everyone to be back on campus in the fall.  We hope to be in the full swing by late August.”

In the meantime, when she isn’t planning exciting things for the upcoming year, Gail, like many of us, is binge-watching Netflix series, enjoying takeout from KITA in Southridge, and spending time on her back deck with family.

We hope that when we are all back on campus, you will come by and say hello to Gail. She is looking forward to getting to know our alumni and friends!

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Gail Carter

VP for University Development