Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2013

Kay M. Wilder graduated in 1967 from Northwest Nazarene University with a major in Home Economics Education. She continued her education in Boston, earning her Master of Science degree from Simmons College in 1972. She completed her Doctorate of Education at Northern Arizona University in 1986.

Dr. Wilder has dedicated 45 years of service in secondary and higher education, thoughtfully shaping and leading her students so that they, in turn, could positively impact the lives of individuals, families and communities. She has served the Point Loma Nazarene University Department of Family and Consumer Sciences for 32 years, chairing the department for 25 of those.

For many members of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Kay is one of the first persons who come to mind when thinking about California-AAFCS. Some of the leadership roles she has held within AAFCS include AAFCS Director-at-Large (2006-2009), CA-AAFCS President (2000-2002), and San Diego District President (1991-1993.)

Beyond the PLNU community, Kay has served actively on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Rescue Mission since 1996. She was awarded the prestigious Community Leaders Award from  the Administrators Association of San Diego City Schools in 1998 and 2002.

She is a loving mother to Anne and proud grandmother of Sarah and Matthew. In her impending retirement from academia, Kay looks forward to spending more time with family and fulfilling God’s new call to her. The rich legacy she leaves at PLNU and in the San Diego community at large is marked with great compassion for others, devoted and faithful service to Christ and an unwavering standard of excellence. Congratulations, Kay, and may God continue to shine His countenance upon you!