Wingate Faces

Christy Cousins Bostic '05

4/8/2014
Christy Cousins Bostic ’05 brought her passion for swimming to Wingate in the fall of 2001, as a freshman student athlete. She fell in love with the swimming program at Wingate and was excited to be one of Coach Kirk Sanocki’s first recruits. While a student, she helped bring Special Olympics to campus, which still continues with the swimming program nine years later.

After graduating with a BA in Communications Public Relations, Bostic had the opportunity to be a graduate assistant for the men’s and women’s swimming teams. For two years she worked in that role while taking graduate business classes. Once she received an MBA in 2008, she began a new position at Wingate, becoming the first director of the Wingate Society. The Wingate Society is a group of members who contribute $1,000 annually to support programs at the University. During Bostic’s tenure, the group grew to more than 1,000 donors. She also worked as director of parent relations.

After spending more than seven years at Wingate, she found what she refers to as her dream job at the Leon Levine Foundation in Charlotte, N.C. Leon Levine is also a Wingate alum, who has contributed generously to the University. Bostic works with nonprofit organizations that embody the Foundation’s four mission areas: healthcare, education, Jewish values and human services.

“I think the thing Wingate did for me was create a wonderful foundation for my relationships and relationship building,” Bostic said. “It created a foundation for my life and that has been crucial to how I am today. I learned about myself, competition, fun and hard work.”

Wingate was also the place where she met her husband Benj, an alum with strong ties to the University. His parents, Ron and Polly Bostic, work in the music department. His sister, Suzanne Philemon, works in alumni relations.

Bostic is an actively-involved alumnus. She visits the campus often and enjoys seeing the growth in the programs. “Knowing your University gets better and better, especially with the new healthcare growth makes you really happy to be a small part of it,” she said.

By Bailey Bumgardner and Kim Becknell Williams