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Ferrum College Names New Vice President for Institutional Advancement


Ferrum College Names New Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Kim Blair joins Ferrum College after successful run at Virginia Tech College of Architecture & Urban Studies.

Ferrum, Va. (May 26, 2010) – Ferrum College President Jennifer L. Braaten announced today that Kim Blair has been named Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  Blair comes to Ferrum from the College of Architecture & Urban Design at Virginia Tech, where she oversaw the entire development operation for that College, which houses the School of Architecture + Design, School of Visual Arts, School of Public & International Affairs, and the Myers-Lawson School of Construction.  Blair was instrumental in raising $8 million toward its successful completion of the $35 million goal as part of Tech’s $1 billion “Invent the Future” campaign.
Prior to Virginia Tech, Blair spent a decade and half at Roanoke College where she served as Regional Development Representative, Director of Alumni Giving, Director of Alumni and Parent and Annual Programs and Development Director.  During her service as Development Director, Roanoke College successfully raised $83 million for its “The Difference” campaign, surpassing the goal of $65 million.
“Ferrum College is a perfect fit for me,” said Blair, who explained that she feels most at home at a private liberal arts college.  “I graduated from Roanoke College and always felt comfortable in that environment.  When this position became available, and after considering Ferrum’s extraordinary enrollment growth and myriad opportunities, I knew I had to give it serious thought.  I am thrilled to become part of the Ferrum family.”

“Kim Blair brings experience and vitality to the job,” said President Braaten.  “She has a proven track record as a successful fundraiser and leader in a college environment, qualities that will ensure continuity in Institutional Advancement at Ferrum.  Kim will immediately re-energize our fundraising efforts for the Hank Norton Center,” she said referring to the proposed athletic center to be named in honor of the popular former Ferrum football coach.   “And as we define priorities for our 2013 Centennial Campaign we could not have asked for a more qualified person to lead this new effort,” said Braaten.
As a student at Roanoke College, Blair was student body president and a member of the women’s basketball team.  Her career resume includes a long list of honors and awards including being named to the Blue Ridge Business Journal’s list of Top Business Executives Under 40 in the Roanoke Valley.
Blair, who lives in Salem with her husband and children, will begin her new responsibilities at Ferrum College in mid-June.