Donna Wardell has been named director of alumni relations for the College of Science at Virginia Tech.

Wardell, a native of Charlottesville, Va., comes to Virginia Tech from a position as special assistant to the dean and director of communications at Rutgers University’s School of Social Work. As a member of the advancement team, Wardell will be responsible for planning and coordinating events for the College of Science as well as assisting with alumni relations events to include reunions and other special programs.

“I’m pleased that Donna has been appointed to fill the College of Science alumni relations position,” said Tom Tillar, vice president for alumni relations. “We look forward to having her on our team.”

In addition to her work at Rutgers, before coming to Virginia Tech, she held positions as the assistant executive director for the New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and director of professional development for the Texas chapter of the association.

Wardell received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.