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Heather Foster

Associate Director | Campus Recreation

Heather's career in higher education began when she worked at UC Davis' Department of Campus Recreation as a Sport Club Student Supervisor. She then attended James Madison University's Campus Recreation & Leadership Masters Program while working at UREC as a Sport Club Graduate Assistant.

Her first professional job was at Colorado State University as the Service Center Coordinator which after a few years transitioned to the Assistant Director of Member Services. After 7 years at Colorado State University, her family relocated to Wilmington, North Carolina. She started at UNCW as the College of Health and Human Services' Operations Coordinator and then was promoted to the position of Facilities & Operations Manager. As the Facilities and Operations Manager, she co-supervised the College's Business Core Service Team, she was responsible for all facilities and operations decisions across the college, and managed a 66 million dollar 145,000 sq. ft. new construction project.  She is a NIRSA member and has previously served as the Colorado/Wyoming State Director (2013-2014) and Region 5 Member Network Director (2015–2017). She has served on numerous NIRSA conference committees, the Region V Conference Host Committee and various scholarship selection committees.

She received her Student Affairs and Higher Education Certificate in 2013 from Colorado State University. She received a master’s degree in Campus Recreation and Leadership from James Madison University in 2010 and her bachelor’s of science in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis in 2008.

Her favorite part of her job is watching employees grow and develop as individuals, helping them prepare for life after their time at WVU, and enjoy following their successes in their careers.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking and eating good food, crafting, and playing sports.

Things you wouldn’t expect about Heather:

  • She once successfully ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. She had no idea what she was getting herself into at the time and spent most of the run hiding behind people.
  • She loves to read books in her free time. As a child, her mother used to refuse to take her to the library because she would just hole up in her room and read all summer long.
  • She is an Atlanta Braves and Buffalo Bills fan!
  • She is very competitive and holds the title of the most intramural championship wins at Colorado State University’s Department of Campus Recreation.

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