Natalie Hart has joined Virginia Tech’s Advancement Division as a principal gifts officer.

She will manage a portfolio of principal-gift prospects while planning and implementing initiatives that identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects and donors.

“I’m excited that Natalie is joining our team,” said Thim Corvin, senior associate vice president for development and principal gifts. “She brings a wealth of unique experience and knowledge of our university’s strategic goals to the principal gifts team. I’m confident she will help us succeed as we strive for donor-driven philanthropic success.”

Since 2002, Hart has held a series of positions of increasing strategic importance at Virginia Tech. She has served in the Office of the President since 2010, most recently as director of presidential initiatives, advising university President Tim Sands on large-scale initiatives. Hart also has served as director of government affairs and deputy chief of staff.

In addition, Hart has worked in the Department of Athletics, the Office of the Senior Fellow for Resource Development, the Center for Regional Strategies, the Office of the Vice Provost for Outreach and International Affairs, and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

She has a bachelor’s in business management and a master’s in public and international affairs, both from Virginia Tech. Hart also earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit and nongovernmental organizational management from Virginia Tech.

“The opportunity to join the principal gifts team is very appealing,” Hart said. “Virginia Tech is headed in a compelling direction. The chance to work with Vice President Charlie Phlegar, Thim, and his team, as well as our university’s principal supporters, to help realize President Sands’ vision for our university is something I’m very much looking forward to.”

Written by Rich Polikoff


Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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