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.
Phlegar 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 $6 billion 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.