April Carl enjoyed the support of faculty and staff as she earned her undergraduate degree at A&M-Commerce. In her current position as director of philanthropy, she continues to foster the supportive environment for which our university is known. Every day, she enjoys connecting with alumni and donors in meaningful ways, creating a strong support system for our university. When she is not working, April loves the great outdoors and visiting art museums.
A Conversation with April Carl
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
Do it! The longer you wait, the harder it is. Earning my college degree is something I never thought was attainable. However, the competency-based education program at A&M-Commerce allowed me to work full-time, complete courses when convenient for my busy family and graduate in two years with zero debt. If I can do it, so can you! You have an entire university filled with faculty and staff who are committed to your success.
What has been your most memorable moment helping an alum or donor?
There are so many! Every single alum and donor is unique, and their experience and passions are individually theirs. These differences are what make human beings beautiful, and it is one of my favorite things about this work.
How has your role changed since you began working at A&M-Commerce?
The expectation was that development directors were to be on the road, meeting face-to-face. During the pandemic, this became impossible; however, the isolation and virtual environment have allowed us to connect with alumni and stakeholders in more meaningful and authentic ways.
What do you like most about your career?
Making a positive difference in someone’s life.
- Ed.D., Higher Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce, in progress
- M.S., Management, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2021
- BAAS, Organizational Leadership, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2018
- Certificate, Fundraising Management in Nonprofits, University of Washington, 2003