Emily Hutchins of New Castle, Va., has been named director of development for the College of Natural Resources and Environment.

Hutchins’ main responsibility is to help the college meet its goal in securing resources to support its students and faculty, and to enhance the college’s programs for teaching, research, and outreach. She will be cultivating personal relationships with alumni, friends, long-time supporters of the college, and potential donors.

“My personal values align perfectly with the college’s mission of preparing the future generation of leaders to address the complex natural resources issues facing our planet,” Hutchins said. “We all must collaborate together for the health of our society and planet to make a difference for future generations.”

Most recently, Hutchins was the capital and major gifts coordinator at the Denver Zoological Foundation, where she was responsible for the development and rollout of the zoo’s first major gifts program in conjunction with a capital campaign. Prior to serving that position, she was managing director of the Mountain Lake Conservancy in Pembroke, Va.

“I feel that my passion for conservation and fundraising will allow me to succeed at the College of Natural Resources and Environment,” Hutchins explained. “I enjoy development work because I get to connect people to support their passion. It’s vital to increase philanthropy in our society because I believe that it’s our duty as citizens to support the causes we believe in and create positive change in the world.”

Hutchins received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Mary Washington before completing her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University in Denver.

Written by LauraBess Kenny of Richmond, Va., a senior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.