Another Outside Hire for Virginia Tech

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Bill Lansden
Bill Lansden

Virginia Tech has made another very important hire. This hire fits with the recent trend of finding outside people with no Virginia Tech ties, but who may have more worldly experience than potential in-house candidates.

This week’s hire was Lu Merritt’s replacement as the head of the Hokie Club. Bill Lansden got the job, and he’s probably someone you’ve never heard of before. Unlike most of Whit Babcock’s hires, he did not come from a big school. However, he has an extensive background in fundraising at multiple schools.

1: UAB from 2013 through 2015. He directed a whole department that included fundraising, marketing, tickets sales, etc.

2: Memphis from 2004 through 2013. He was the man in charge of fundraising at Memphis. During his tenure, Memphis set six straight school records for money raised and donor participation.

3: Middle Tennessee State from 2002 through 2004. During his short time there, annual donations increased by over 40%.

After not being directly involved in fundraising at UAB, Lansden is happy to be back involved with what he calls his “true love.” He has known Whit Babcock for more than 10 years, and he also knows Lu Merritt, so it should be a very smooth transition.

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