Institutional Advancement

Institutional Advancement

The Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) purposefully works to build a solid foundation in higher education advancement work.

Our mission is to serve Virginia State University through the development, cultivation, solicitation, and engagement of our philanthropic partners who provide financial support which advances the academic and student experience at the University. We strive for excellence in all that we do and represent, through ethical and professional best practices which engage all VSU stakeholders.

IA key objectives include:
  • Ethically and professionally raise philanthropic funds for VSU;
  • Provide meaningful engagement of VSU constituents;
  • Effectively communicate the accomplishments of VSU to stakeholders, investors, and constituents
  • Support the Five Focus areas of VSU:
  • Provide a transformative experience for our students
  • Strategically invest in our academic programs
  • Embrace our position as a top Land Grant University
  • Embrace our role as Virginia’s Opportunity University
  • Partner together as a University to tell our story

The Office of Institutional Advancement is comprised of six distinct departments, each with a vital function in carrying out the office’s mission and purpose. They include Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, Conference Services, Frontline Fundraising, and Marketing & Communications. Together, the office is responsible for all of Virginia State University’s philanthropic fundraising support.

Advancement staff

Tonya S. Hall
Vice President External Relations

Eldon Burton
Director of Government Relations

Chris Bernardo
Database Manager

Adrian Bond
Development Office Manager

David Carter
Administrative Assistant

Cierre Curtis
Junior Major Gift Officer

Mae Godette
Major Gift Officer

Courtney Grice
Advancement Specialist

Franklin H. Johnson-Norwood, Jr.
Director of Alumni Relations

Susan Moening
Data and Donor Specialist

Deidre Randolph
Alumni Relations Administrative Assistant

William “Chip” Sawyer
Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

Jacqueline Smith
Director of Advancement Services

Kambre Stephens
Alumni and Donor Engagement Specialist


Contact Us

Box 9027
Storum Hall
1 Hayden Drive
Virginia State University, VA 23806
(804) 524-5045