Human Resources

Employee Spotlight Carrie Van Vleet

Carrie Van Vleet

Program Director
Alumni Programs

Carrie began her career at Western Illinois University in the Department of Management and Marketing in January 2013 as an Office Support Specialist. In August 2013, Carrie promoted to Assistant Director of Alumni Programs, and in July 2015 moved to her current role as Associate Director of Alumni Programs (known as Program Director). In her current role, Carrie plans and organizes alumni events, the alumni awards weekend, Homecoming and the Quad Cities Alumni & Friends Golf Outing. Carrie also updates the Alumni Programs website, manages social media, and creates emails and a monthly e-newsletter, RockeNews. In addition to managing the Alumni affinity partners which includes travel abroad, diploma frames, and class rings.

After beginning her undergraduate education at Carl Sandburg College, where she played basketball and volleyball, Carrie transferred to WIU and earned her degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration in 2003. Carrie met her late husband Shane during her time as a student at WIU and following a four year stint in the St. Louis area, they moved back to Macomb in 2008. Carrie worked at law firm upon returning to Macomb, before her employment at WIU.

Carrie thoroughly enjoys talking with alumni and hearing the stories of their amazing time at Western Illinois University. Hearing alumni credit their successes to WIU continues to fuel her passion for this great institution.

For Carrie, WIU is a wonderful place to work. Her favorite day of the year is always Homecoming, and being able to see all of the hard work leading up to that day come to fruition. Carrie considers Homecoming to be the best and most memorable time of the year, especially with the return of hundreds of alumni to their alma mater to watch the Homecoming parade from the front lawn of the Alumni House. Carrie credits her co-workers, for going above and beyond for her when she was at the lowest point in her life, considering them a part of her family.

Carrie and her two children, Carter (8 years) and Everley (4 years) enjoy attending various athletic events at WIU. Carrie is an avid runner, taking advantage of beautiful runs throughout campus when the weather is nice. When not working, you will find Carrie relishing time with her children, working out, baking, and watching favorite shows Dateline and Fixer Upper.

HR salutes Carrie Van Vleet as one of our many committed Civil Service employees at WIU!