Kathy Kaplan has been named director of development for the Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech. 

Kaplan comes to the position from Old Dominion University, where she was major gifts officer, director of donor relations, and assistant director for special events.

“We welcome Kathy’s expertise and insight as we strengthen the Division of Student Affairs’ connection with alumni, parents, families, friends, and other engaged leaders,” said Patty Perillo, vice president for student affairs. “Her knowledge and capacities will be central as we lay the groundwork for a robust community of supporters.”

Working with Virginia Tech's Office of University Development, Kaplan will develop strategies and implement a fundraising plan for the Division of Student Affairs, which comprises 19 departments, includes many collaborative efforts throughout the university, and provides programs and services that enhance and complement the Virginia Tech educational experience.

The Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech encompasses departments dedicated to providing a rich co-curricular experience and essential student services. Virtually every aspect of a student's life outside the classroom is represented through the division's departments.

During her nine years at Old Dominion University, Kaplan collaborated with departments throughout the university to enhance fundraising initiatives, including annual gifts, endowments, scholarships, grants, corporate donations, and foundation support. She also coordinated donor events and recognition programs.

Prior to her work at Old Dominion University, Kaplan worked for 15 years for United Services Automobile Association as senior insurance specialist, manager of insurance operations, and organizational development consultant. She received her bachelor’s degree from Winona State University and a master’s degree from George Washington University.

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.