Vice Chancellor of Development & College Relations search

The University of Virginia's College at Wise has begun the search for a new Vice Chancellor for Development & College Relations. The vice chancellor search process follows the basic outine of all University of Virginia searches. The process will be treated in a confidential manner while maintaining as much transparency as possible.



The University of Virginia’s College at Wise invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor of Development and College Relations.

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a public, liberal arts college located in the southwest corner of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since its modest beginnings in 1954, The University of Virginia’s College at Wise has grown into a regionally and nationally recognized public, liberal arts college. The College’s progress, from those first classes on the old county poor farm to a vibrant and relevant learning community, is fueled by a cadre of faculty, staff, students, and broader citizenry who believe passionately in its mission of student success and service. Access, affordability, honor, and initiative are watchwords of the UVa-Wise culture.

A member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and recognized as a College of Distinction, UVa-Wise offers majors in the liberal arts and sciences and in professional programs, including education, business, nursing and software engineering. Ninety-four percent of the student body is from Virginia and, whether rural or urban, many students are economically disadvantaged and the first in their families to attend college. UVa-Wise is devoted to undergraduate education.

UVa-Wise enrolls more than 2,000 students and offers three degrees across 30 majors, 32 minors, 7 pre-professional programs and 18 licensures, organized in 10 academic departments. Four majors have specialty accreditation: computer science (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology - ABET), education (Teacher Education Accreditation Council), nursing (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) and software engineering (ABET).

The Vice Chancellor for Development & College Relations reports directly to the Chancellor. The College has maintained an average annual giving level of over four million dollars over the past five years. The Vice Chancellor will oversee all external relations at the College, including fund raising (annual gifts, planned gifts, corporate and foundation gifts), alumni relations, public relations, and all campaign and development activities.

A distinguished record of accomplishment in fundraising and institutional development, including experience with a capital campaign preferred; a commitment to the mission of a liberal arts college and the ability to work with a variety of internal and external constituencies desired; experience in effectively recruiting and motivating volunteers preferred; strong managerial, interpersonal and communication skills and a commitment to maintaining a record of progressive leadership and achievement in fund raising commensurate with appointment as Vice Chancellor desired; ability to work in a small town in a rural environment preferred; a strong commitment to diversity and student success required; a high level of personal integrity and a good sense of humor are necessary.

Click here to view the position profile for the Vice Chancellor for Development and College Relations.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.

Click here to view a letter from the chair of the search committee.

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting The University of Virginia’s College at Wise in this search. Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Jan Greenwood, Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272

For more information about the College, please visit For questions concerning the application process, please contact Human Resources at 276-328-0240.

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is an Equal Opportunity Employer.