Sandra F. Pritchard Mather '64, M'68
Sandie Mather is Professor Emerita, Earth and Space Sciences at West Chester University. As both an alumna and retired faculty member, Sandie is a vivid presence on WCU's campus, from acting as Marshal at Commencement to participating in the School of Music/Performing Arts Center Campaign Committee. Sandie is a member of the WCU Foundation Board of Trustees and enjoys her volunteer leadership position with the Historical Society of Summit County Colorado. Formerly, Sandie has held positions at the National Council for Geographic Education, the Pennsylvania Geographical Society, and the Delaware Valley Geographical Association
As a leader in philanthropy, Sandie has established both the Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather and Dr. John Russell Mather Cartographic Resource Center and the Sandra F. Mather Research Endowment for Earth and Space Sciences. The Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Planetarium is named after her.
When Sandie retired in 1999, she searched for a way to ensure a legacy of support for the department of Earth and Space Sciences and its students; creating the Resource Center and the Endowment were part of this. Sandie's estate planning activities were a natural progression of her support for WCU students and the resources available to them now, and into the future.
"I'm thrilled that a number of students in the department were able to visit Iceland this summer to hone their geologic skills," Sandie shares. "Personally, I really enjoy visiting the Planetarium — some of the youngsters who visit the Planetarium with their class today may be future WCU students tomorrow."
Sandie is a member of the Heritage and Carillon giving societies and has received the President's Award, the President's Medallion for Service, and the Dean's Award.
We thank Sandie for the legacy she continues to build at WCU.