BLACKSBURG – Matt Winston, Virginia Tech's senior associate vice president for alumni relations. has been recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III.

The award honors Winston for exemplary professional service to CASE and District III, including active involvement in the advancement profession for a minimum of ten years; professional employment with CASE District III member institutions for at least eight years; regular attendance at CASE District III meetings; volunteer service to CASE sponsored conferences, programs, and activities; and outstanding achievement in the total spectrum of endeavors represented by CASE's objectives for the advancement profession. 

Winston became senior associate vice president for alumni relations at Virginia Tech in November. Prior to working at Virginia Tech, he was the assistant to the president at the University of Georgia where he provided counsel to university leadership in many critical areas.

"Matt is a Hokie who personifies the true spirit of Ut Prosim and this honor is a great demonstration of the talent within our Advancement Division," said Vice President for Advancement Charlie Phlegar

Winston has been a long-time supporter and volunteer for CASE, including serving on the District III Board of Directors and conference planning committee. He is a frequent speaker at CASE events and has served as a mentor to countless advancement professionals. In addition, he has served as a CASE International Trustee and a member of the CASE Communications and Marketing Commission.

The Distinguished Service Award will be formally presented to Winston in February at a CASE conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Matt is an exceptional individual and leader. He has been an advocate for not only CASE III, but for the advancement profession for many years," said Kris Phillips, CASE District III chair. "I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.” 

CASE District III advances and supports educational and professional institutions in the southeastern United States by enhancing the effectiveness of the alumni relations, fund raising, communications, marketing and other advancement professionals who serve them.

Winston received his bachelor's degree in marketing management from Virginia Tech's Pamplin School of Business in 1990.

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.