Wingate University honors local community leader with alumni award

Jerri Presson Haigler at the 27th Annual Alumni Recognition Breakfast

Kim Williams (704) 233-8320
Communications Writer

Wingate, NC – Wingate University recently recognized Jerri Presson Haigler at the 27th Annual Alumni Recognition Breakfast. The Alumni Breakfast held on Nov. 5 was part of the University’s Homecoming celebration.

Haigler, a 1986 graduate of Wingate University, received a Distinguished Alumni Award, which honors the alumni who, through professional excellence and personal dedication, have been leaders in their communities. As Vice President for Education, Engagement and Communications for United Way of Central Carolinas in Charlotte, she supports community and volunteer engagement in United Way and strategic communications and marketing for the organization. She also serves as a convener and resource for issues focused on improving education in the community.

In 2009, Haigler received the Public Relations Society of America Infinity Award. She and her husband, Eddie Haigler, live in Huntersville. He is the Associate Minister at First Baptist Church in Huntersville.

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to