Keith Foster has joined the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences as the director of development. Foster’s academic focus in physical education and career experience in development provide an ideal fit in his new assignment, CPASS Dean Dana Brooks said.
Most recently, Foster served as director of major gifts at Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College.
“I am very pleased to join the team at CPASS to help in the ongoing development and advancement at the College.” Foster said. “This role allows me the opportunity work closely with Dean Dana Brooks, the CPASS team and generous alumni base as we transition into our new facility.
“The College has world class faculty who prepare our students to take on global challenges. In the future, we can look forward to a new home, additional scholarships and fellowships,” he added. “I am grateful for this opportunity and am eager to work with all constituents in our development efforts.”
“The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences welcomes Keith Foster to the position of development director. Keith brings a wealth of experience and knowledge,” said Brooks. “Over the next several years, Keith will work with the WVU Foundation and Dean’s office to increase the number of student scholarships, fellowships, and raise funds for the College’s new building.
“I look forward to working closely with Keith as we advance the College’s mission,” Brooks added.
Foster received a bachelor’s degree from Niagara University. He has completed numerous relationship management and management training courses. His professional career experience includes higher education, health care and manufacturing positions.
Foster’s interest and expertise in relationship management and ability to work across a wide range of constituents led to his role with a hospital membership alliance. He then shifted his passion to the development field in higher education.
While at Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College, Foster generated support for various scholarships and programs, including the WV Folklife Center, library, athletics, journalism, and business. Foster established funding records while at FSU.
He is a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Fairmont and has served in various leadership positions. Foster has offered numerous presentations regarding philanthropy and giving to many area organizations and at related conferences. He currently serves on the board for the CRISS-CROSS agency within WV.
He is married to Rebecca (Becky) Foster, WVU Alumna, Registered Dietitian, and director of Food & Nutrition Services for United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. They live near Fairmont.
Becky has two sons living in Morgantown, Ben, age 24 with a degree from WVU in Business Management, and Nick, age 22 with a degree from WVU in Exercise Physiology and now entering the WVU School of Pharmacy.
Foster has two children living in Bridgeport, daughter Amy Cleghorn, with a degree from WVU School of Pharmacy and a pharmacist with CarePoint Partners in Fairmont, and son, Jeff, Fairmont State University and a supervisor with Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Morgantown, WV. Foster has a strong interest in athletics as a participant, coach, official, administrator, and spectator.
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CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, CPASS