"With the financial challenges faced by higher education in SC, it becomes imperative for the Citadel Graduate College leadership to become active ambassadors and assist in promoting the leadership and quality provided in all of our educational programs. I continue to use my CAA position as a springboard to share my passion with more and more CGC alumni." – Kathleen Cartland, Executive Director for the Charleston Area Sports Commission
Kathleen Cartland is the Executive Director for the Charleston Area Sports Commission (CASC), an auxiliary organization of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. She created the organization in 1999 as the region’s first agency for developing the sports travel industry. Over the last 14 years, the CASC has achieved much success in attracting and creating new sports events for the economic value they contribute to the region. The list of premier events include: WTA’s Family Circle Cup; SoCon Basketball Tournaments; ESPN Charleston Classic NCAA Basketball Tournaments; USA Rugby World Cup Qualifiers and the Medal of Honor All-Star Bowl Game. Just this year, she has helped with creating the state’s first sports development organization, the South Carolina Sports Alliance, and serves as Vice President.
Ms. Cartland earned a BSBA from UNC-Greensboro in 1985 and a MBA from The Citadel in May 1997. In 2006, she was appointed as the first board member to the Citadel Alumni Association (CAA) to represent the Citadel Graduate College (CGC) and continues to serve in this capacity. As a volunteer on the CAA membership committee, she is specifically interested in getting more women graduates actively engaged at the school. Other volunteer opportunities include speaking engagements, such as HESS Sports management classes and being a Distinguish Leaders Sports Panelist at The Krause Center’s Annual Leadership Symposium. For the last three years, she has assisted the Citadel Football Association in managing the annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest and Ladies Football 101 Clinic.
Other community roles she currently holds include: Cooper River Bridge Run Board Member; Charleston Marathon Committee Member; ESPN Charleston Classic Host Committee Member; SC Racquetball Association Board Member; SC Sports Alliance Vice President and The Citadel Alumni Association District Director.
Personal interests include; training for sprint triathlons, playing racquetball and graphic design work.
A resident of Charleston SC, Ms. Cartland is married to J. Eric Wooten (’79, ‘97), who is also a steadfast fundraiser and volunteer for The Citadel. They own two English Bulldogs, both from The Citadel’s live mascot bloodline. Ms. Dixie Blue, sister of retired mascot Boo IX, gave birth to eight puppies in May 2013. From this litter, the couple is raising one, Mr. Johnson Hagood, and donated one to The Citadel Athletics program. Ms. Boo X is now serving her first year as one of the two mascots.
Kathleen Cartland (2014). Personal communication.