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Nicole Fitzwater named director of development for the Graduate School


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BLACKSBURG, Va., June 15, 2012 – Nicole Fitzwater, of Blacksburg, has been named director of development for the Graduate School at Virginia Tech.

In that role, she is the major-gift officer for the Graduate School's fundraising efforts, responsible for developing a comprehensive strategic plan to outline goals and strategies to accomplish the school's fundraising goals.

Fitzwater brings solid experience in graduate school fundraising to the position, having served as Director of Development and Graduate Alumni Engagement at the University of Virginia.

In helping make the case for giving to the graduate school, she will also draw on her experience in sports marketing and corporate sponsorships with such firms as CBS Collegiate Sports Properties and BBDO New York.

Fitzwater has a bachelor's of commerce from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. A longtime Blacksburg resident, who graduated from Blacksburg High School, she has deep connections to Virginia Tech and its surrounding community.

Fitzwater said she looks forward to showing graduate alumni how the Graduate School has developed, and how Virginia Tech is a world leader in graduate education.

“There were a couple of development positions open when I applied, but the graduate school position was the most attractive because of the commitment of the dean and her leadership in transforming graduate education,” Fitzwater said. “Working with CBS exposed me to many schools around the country, and Virginia Tech is leading the way in graduate education.”

Assistant Vice President of Development for University Programs Sherri Mylott said, “Nicole will be a great asset to the development office and to the graduate school. Her direct experience in fundraising for graduate education will be invaluable.”

The Graduate School at Virginia Tech promotes graduate education as a critical component in the transmission of new knowledge, research, ideas, and scholarship. It is responsible for the development, administration, and evaluation of graduate education throughout the university, providing support to faculty, staff, and more than 6,000 graduate students. The Graduate School is committed to building a diverse graduate community and vibrant intellectual environment to help prepare graduates to lead. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

Written by Charles George