Fairmont State Foundation welcomes new president

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

On Monday, July 11, Rachel Rae Dyer joined the Fairmont State Foundation as president. Dyer brings a diverse collection of professional and educational experiences to this role. She holds an MBA from West Virginia University, BS from Linfield College and a BA from Hiram College.

In addition to her educational background, Dyer has more than 20 years of experience in business and management in various industries including manufacturing, government, non-profits and construction.

“My education and experience have given me a great deal of insight leading diverse teams,” said Dyer. “Most importantly, I have learned the importance of trust, communication and encouragement in the success of a team. I am privileged to join the established and capable team at the Fairmont State Foundation. I thrive in environments where we bring people, ideas and action together for the betterment of the organization and everyone it serves.”

In recent years, Dyer has worked as a financial advisor and business consultant while serving as an adjunct instructor and curriculum developer for the Morgantown campus of West Virginia Junior College.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I am thrilled to welcome Rae to the Fairmont State Foundation family,” said Foundation board president, Nick Oxley. “Rae’s strong sense of purpose, visionary leadership, strategic perspective and diverse experience made her standout as the best candidate to lead the Fairmont State Foundation. Our board looks forward to Rae and our talented team continuing the legacy of success at the Fairmont State Foundation.” 

Dyer is committed to serving her community. She is a US Air Force veteran, and she is involved with Choose West Virginia, the RCBI Workforce Advisory Board, the CASA of Marion County Board and the advisory board for Learning Options, Inc.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rae to our campus community, and fortunate for the opportunity to serve alongside her as we partner to move the Institution forward, together,” said Fairmont State University Interim President, Dianna Phillips. “We look forward to the growth experienced under Rae’s leadership and continuing to work in collaboration with the Foundation with her at the helm.”

When asked what she’s looking forward to as she settles into her new role at the Foundation, Dyer explained, “I am eager to meet and immerse myself in the Falcon Community. As a resident of Fairmont, I have witnessed the tight bond and passion for success that the students, alumni, faculty and staff have for Fairmont State University. I look forward to working with the team and representing the Foundation, and Fairmont State University, to the best of my ability. I work hard, and I care deeply. I see the same traits in Falcons. I’m so excited to be a part of a wonderful and welcoming community.”

When she finds free time, Dyer enjoys yoga, gardening and quiet time with a book.