Virginia Tech’s Advancement Division this week announced several organizational shifts within its Office of University Development.

“These are initial steps in an ongoing process to integrate our functions to a greater degree and become even more effective at supporting the strategic priorities of our university through fundraising, marketing, communications, and engagement,” said Vice President for Advancement Charlie Phlegar. “Our University Relations and Alumni Relations groups will be a critical part of this process as well, starting after we complete our searches for senior associate vice presidents to head those areas.”

Phlegar joined Virginia Tech on July 1, having previously served as Cornell University’s vice president for alumni affairs and development. He announced that he will work with a senior leadership team, responsible for the strategic direction of advancement programs.

The senior associate vice presidents for university relations and alumni relations will both serve on the team. Representing development will be:

  • Senior Associate Vice President for Development and Principal Gifts Thim Corvin, who will expand a program focused on securing large gifts, in collaboration with President Timothy D. Sands and senior leadership across the university.
  • Associate Vice President for Advancement Services Rhonda Arsenault, who will oversee functions including business operations, data integrity, development research, donor relations, gift accounting, human resources, information systems, special events, and systems administration and technology support.
  • Associate Vice President of Development for Colleges Michael Moyer, who effective Sept. 15 will oversee fundraising for the university’s colleges and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, as well as corporate and foundation fundraising.
  • Assistant Vice President of Development for University Programs Tony Vidmar, who will continue to oversee fundraising programs for the Center for the Arts, Inclusion and Diversity, the Graduate School, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education, University Libraries, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Virginia Tech Athletics, and the W.E. Skelton Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake.
  • An assistant vice president for leadership gifts and annual giving, who on being hired will oversee the annual giving and regional fundraising programs.

“Since arriving, I’ve been very impressed by the talent in our division,” Phlegar said. “I am confident this new structure for our senior leadership is just the right model to allow our program to help Virginia Tech realize the ambitious strategic aims being set forth by our president, Timothy D. Sands.”

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