Janice Tawney has been named associate director of development for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

In her new role, Tawney is responsible for raising major gifts and building relationships with prospects and donors.

"Janice is a wonderful addition to the development team," said Thim Corvin, Virginia Tech’s senior associate vice president for development and principal gifts. "She brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise that will be of tremendous value here in development."

Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Tawney spent 11 years at Hubbard Peanut Company Inc., where she served as national accounts manager. While there, she increased the company's sales revenue by almost 50 percent in 10 years.

She also was responsible for representing the company at trade shows and expositions, presenting updates to the company's board of directors, implementing a tracking system for sales revenue, and diversifying the company's distribution strategy.

Tawney has a bachelor's degree in human relations in business from the College of William & Mary, as well as a master's degree in business administration from Averett College.

She said she's thrilled to join Virginia Tech, citing the university’s commitment to service and its reputation for excellence as compelling factors in her decision.

"I love the school," Tawney said. "It just felt like a natural fit for me."

Looking forward, Tawney said, she's excited about the possibilities her position affords.

"The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences is one of the largest colleges in terms of alumni, and there's great potential there," she said. "I see an opportunity to make a significant impact. I’m excited about being a part of that."

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 Annie McCallum