Elizabeth McClanahan, a former justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia who now serves as president and dean of the Appalachian School of Law, has been named CEO of the Virginia Tech Foundation.
The foundation manages the university’s endowment, has an extensive real estate portfolio, and encourages economic development by fostering connections between Virginia Tech and numerous partners.
McClanahan has served as an adjunct professor of finance and senior advisor to the dean at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business since September 2019, but her ties to the university go back much further.
“Virginia Tech played a formative role in my life,” McClanahan said. “My mother hosted Extension homemaker clubs when I was a young child. I joined 4-H at age 9 and in my teenage years attended 4-H Congress on campus. Virginia Tech is now a global university and world leader in higher education. Joining the foundation is the opportunity of a lifetime — especially at a time when Tech’s energy, innovation, and trajectory are unmatched.”
“The network of relationships that Elizabeth has built over her impressive career will serve the foundation and the university very well,” said Dwayne Pinkney, the university’s senior vice president and chief business officer, who co-chaired the search committee for the foundation CEO position. “This position is an important connection between the university and many of its constituencies.”
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