Dr. Sally A. Carder Announces Retirement
Director of Community Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2013
Dr. Sally A Carder has announced her retirement in accordance with the National Park Community College early retirement policy, effective date of June 30, 2014. Dr. Carder has served in administrative capacities at both Quapaw Technical Institute and National Park Community College since 1998. Carder served as president of Quapaw Technical Institute from 2000 until the two institutions merged in 2003.
Dr. Carder was instrumental in facilitating the merger of Quapaw Technical Institute and Garland County Community College when both campuses merged to form National Park Community College, July 1, 2003. Carder was named the first woman president of National Park Community College in 2005 and has held that position since that time.
Carder has worked tirelessly to integrate the College with the Community, encouraging faculty, staff, and student involvement in civic and community organizations and events. She serves in various positions on those organizations and Boards herself; including The Metro-Partnership Board, the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, The West Central Workforce Investment Board, Fifty for the Future and the Downtown Rotary Club. As a result, National Park Community College plays a critical role in local governmental issues and economic growth and development for the region.
With Carder's leadership, NPC embarked on the first capital campaign to raise $3,000,000 to help build a new state-of-the-art nursing and health science center. The Frederick M. Dierks' Center for Nursing and Health Sciences opened for fall classes in 2009, doubling the enrollment in the health programs. Enrollment topped 4,200 during the height of the recession and NPC was named as one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation by the Community College Times. With a steady enrollment of approximately 3500, NPC remains as the fourth largest two-year college in the State.
Dr. Carder will celebrate her fortieth year in education this coming July 2014. She credits her career success to those special people God put in her life that cared enough to guide, encourage, and mentor her. Her personal and professional philosophy has always been to "give back" by mentoring others. Carder remarked, "I could never have imagined that I would ever have the opportunity to be President of a College. I had no idea how fulfilling a career in higher education would be to me. I am thankful to everyone who had faith in me and encouraged me along the way. I have been greatly blessed."
Read her touching letter of retirement request.