Carl Mitchell, a triple Hokie and long-standing Virginia Tech employee, has been named Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's (VTTI) first associate director of advancement, effective June 10, 2021.

Reporting to Myra Blanco, director of advancement, partnership, and outreach at VTTI, and Brad Fravel, executive director of LINK, Mitchell is charged with raising awareness of capabilities and strengths, while fostering industry and private partnerships with the institute that support its mission of human and economic growth.

“We are pleased to welcome Carl Mitchell as part of the new and evolving group at VTTI focused on advancement, partnerships, and outreach,” said Blanco. “His expertise strengthens an area we are committed to expanding. Carl’s energy and enthusiasm to provide philanthropic opportunities to organizations that share VTTI’s commitment to saving lives, time, and money and protecting the environment will provide a new path to accomplish our mission.”

Researchers at VTTI, the second largest university-level transportation institute in the U.S. with approximately 500 employees, seek to develop techniques and technologies to solve transportation challenges from vehicular, driver, infrastructure, and environmental perspectives.

LINK, part of a holistic model of LINK + LICENSE + LAUNCH, supports the institute’s mission, as it is designed to support industry from discovery to market, such as transportation-related research activities.

In his role, Mitchell is tasked to identify, nurture, and expand relationships through research-based partnerships, connections to the technical teams, use of facilities and equipment, fundraising, facilitation of student internships, professional training, advisory board opportunities, networking events, and other university activities and programs in response to industry partner needs and interests.

“Carl Mitchell is a tremendous relationship builder and business development professional with an amazing track record of successful partnerships for Virginia Tech and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Fravel. “We are excited to add Carl’s skills to the growing  collaboration between LINK and VTTI. Together, we hope to increase the collective impact of transportation industry partners and committed individuals on the future of mobility and safety through greater awareness, deeper engagement, and strategic investments.”

Mitchell has a long career cultivating gifts and donations to advance Virginia Tech’s endowment, capital projects, and operations. He served the College of Engineering as senior director of major gifts for almost a decade, managing a diverse portfolio of prospects, resulting in securing major gifts up to $5 million from private sources.

One of Mitchell’s most notable accomplishments was his collaboration with university Advancement to secure a $15 million gift from alumnus Kevin T. Crofton '82 in support of Virginia Tech’s Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, now named the Kevin T. Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, and the Division of Student Affairs.

Prior to joining the Virginia Tech community in 2012, Mitchell was the president and chief executive officer of Virginia Economic Bridge, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization focused on creating an environment for economic development. Mitchell cultivated gifts from private donors and Fortune 500 companies to support annual and capital campaigns, led their board of directors, and planned and implemented several initiatives, like Virginia’s Linked Workforce Showcase, which promotes the economic vitality of the state of Virginia through business, economic, and workforce development.

The Mechanicsville, Virginia, native’s professional roles have also included executive director of One Care of Southwest Virginia, a nonprofit organization that aids constituents access technology and health services; director of the Southwest Virginia division of Virginia Economic Bridge; national program coordinator of the National Future Farmers of America; and high school horticulture teacher.

He holds three degrees from Virginia Tech; bachelors of science in animal science and agriculture education, and a masters in horticulture.

Mitchell resides in Radford, Virginia, and is the proud father of three daughters and three sons that he shares with his partner in life Lori Lavery Mitchell.

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