Va. Tech names SVP for advancement
Phlegar has been at VT since 2015
Virginia Tech has promoted Charlie Phlegar to senior vice president for advancement, the university announced Thursday.
Phlegar has led efforts in fundraising, alumni relations, communications and marketing since 2015. Under his leadership, Tech’s advancement division has secured record amounts of new gifts and commitments, including $268.5 million in fiscal year 2021-2022. Undergraduate giving has also increased 22% in the most recent fiscal year. Phlegar was previously vice president for advancement.
“Charlie has been able to tap into our alumni’s profound loyalty, affection and desire to support their alma mater because he feels these things as deeply as any Hokie,” Virginia Tech President Tim Sands said in a statement. “The promotion reflects his expanded responsibilities resulting from our new communications and marketing model, and the remarkable impact of his leadership on our advancement division and Virginia Tech’s capacity to achieve our Beyond Boundaries vision for the university. I have great appreciation for his partnership with me over eight years, and look forward to building on our success.”
Phlegar has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and was assistant director of athletics for sports marketing and later was assistant director of the alumni association at his alma mater. Then, he was campaign director at East Carolina University, vice president for development at the University of South Carolina, senior associate vice president and interim vice president for development and alumni relations for The Johns Hopkins Institutions and vice president for alumni affairs and development at Cornell University.
“I care a great deal about this university and, since returning, have stressed to our advancement division how important it is to build and nurture a culture of philanthropy and engagement within our worldwide alumni community,” Phlegar said in a statement. “We’ve worked very hard on that, while also looking to help develop partnerships with prominent, non-Hokie partners who share goals of leveraging learning and technology to improve industry and society. President Sands has outlined an ambitious vision of what Virginia Tech can become, and my team and I look forward to doing all we can to help bring that about.”