University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 03 2003

Loretta Young Tapped to Head Concord Foundation

Athens, W. Va. – Concord College Foundation President Bruce Sparks announced that Loretta A. Young has been named executive director of the Concord College Foundation.

Ms. Young has been with the College since 1999, when she accepted a position as annual funds director, and has been involved in fundraising for 24 years. She worked for the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, served as the director of volunteers, community partnerships and non-governmental organizations for UNICEF where she directed a volunteer base of 10,000, was a network specialist for the YWCA of the USA, was West Virginia’s equal opportunity officer and was associate council director for the United Methodist Church of West Virginia. Ms. Young has also been a college instructor.

“Loretta has been a key element to the fundraising efforts for the Concord College Foundation in the last few years and remains an integral part of our success for the future,” stated Bruce Sparks, Foundation chairman. Sparks is president and CEO of FMW Composite Systems in Clarksburg and a graduate of the College.

“Loretta is bright, motivated and dedicated to the future of Concord College. She is and will be a great addition to the Foundation and the Concord College family. We are very fortunate to have someone of Loretta’s ability as we move forward in our goal of securing the financial future of Concord College,” state John Jessee, Foundation vice-chairman and attorney-at-law with Flippin, Densmore, Morse, Rutherford, & Jessee in Roanoke, Virginia. Jessee is a Concord graduate.

“This appointment by the Board of the Concord College Foundation recognizes the significant contributions Loretta Young has made to the growth and stability of the Foundation. I believe that this appointment will allow the Foundation in coming years to help more students realize their dream of a higher education at Concord College,” stated David Allen Barnette, Foundation vice-chairman and attorney-at-law with Jackson & Kelly, PLLC, in Charleston, West Virginia. Barnette is also a graduate of Concord.

“Ms. Young has revitalized the College’s supporters with enthusiasm and purpose and we are fortunate that she is on our team,” stated Concord President Jerry Beasley.

Ms. Young received her Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina and her B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She is also the College’s associate vice president for development.

The Concord College Foundation was launched in 1987 to provide financial support to students and faculty. The Foundation’s endowment is the largest among the state’s public colleges.

For more information call 1-304-384-5288 or e-mail news@concord.edu.

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