John Gladchuk has been appointed director of corporate and foundation relations at Virginia Tech.

Gladchuk brings to the position a solid background in developing partnerships between universities and corporations and foundations, as well as experience as an associate professor. Before arriving at Virginia Tech, he served as the director of development for corporate and foundation relations at Clemson University. 

Gladchuk's development experience also extends to his former role as director of advancement programs at the College of Charleston.

In his new role, Gladchuk will concentrate on developing a comprehensive corporate and foundation relations platform to create partnerships that support the university's strategic mission and foster economic development across the region.

"Partnering with corporations and foundations is a powerful way to advance research, teaching, and outreach initiatives at Virginia Tech," said Thim Corvin, Virginia Tech's senior associate vice president for development and principal gifts. "I believe John's expertise in facilitating these partnerships will be of great help to our university."

While at Clemson, Gladchuk concentrated primarily on identifying and initiating collaborations with partners such as DuPont, General Motors, Bosch, Bridgestone, Toyota Racing Development, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He said he is excited to develop new partnerships while fostering existing ones as director of corporate and foundation relations for Virginia Tech.

"It is an honor to serve a world-class, land-grant university and its critically important mission," Gladchuk said. "Virginia Tech's proud sense of community and research depth combine to create a context ideally suited for corporate and foundation engagement. I look forward to working with colleagues across campus to build and sustain relationships essential to making an impact across Virginia, the region, and the world."

Before his career in university fundraising, Gladchuk served as an associate professor of history at Mt. San Jacinto College, where he was named associate faculty member of the year in 2008.

He earned a bachelor's of history from Loyola Marymount University; a master's of history from California State University, Fullerton; and a Ph.D. of history from the University of California, Riverside.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Written by Gary Cope.