Charles D. (Charlie) Phlegar currently serves as the Vice President for Advancement at Virginia Tech. He assumed this role in July 2015 and is the first individual to hold this position, overseeing the integration of alumni relations, university relations, and university development. Phlegar grew up in Blacksburg, and received a bachelor of science degree in business management in 1978 and master of science degree in education administration in 1987, both from Virginia Tech.
Charlie has made his mark at major university fundraising operations throughout his career. He came to Virginia Tech from Cornell University, where he served as the Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development and was chief fundraiser for the institution’s successful six billion dollar campaign. While part of Cornell’s executive leadership team, Phlegar served on the investment committee managing $6.3 billion in assets. He was a member of the Cornell Tech Steering Committee that secured the winning bid to build a new campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island, which attracted interest from universities around the world.
Prior to his time at Cornell, he held positions of Senior Associate Vice President and Interim Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at The Johns Hopkins Institutions where he organized and implemented their $3.5 billion campaign. As vice president for development at University of South Carolina, he launched that university’s first capital campaign. Beginning with a $200 million goal, it concluded at more than $500 million. He was campaign director for East Carolina University’s capital campaign, and while working at Virginia Tech from 1983 to 1987, Phlegar was assistant director of athletics for sports marketing and assistant director of the alumni association overseeing chapter operations.
Phlegar has served on the board of directors for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), was chair and founder of the CASE 50 Top 50 Fundraising Institutions in Higher Education, and chaired the CASE 2014 national conference.
He is married to Karen C. Phlegar, a 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech, and has three children.