Julie R. Cryser has been named director of development at the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University.
Cryser, currently director of development for the WVU Extension Service, will join the College Jan. 2, 2012.
With more than 12 years of development experience, 10 of which have been with WVU, Cryser brings an extensive background in annual giving, fundraising and marketing and communications to the position.
“Julie has extensive experience and genuine success as a professional fundraiser,” said Rudolph P. Almasy, interim dean and director of the Davis College. “I believe she is the perfect match at this time for the Davis College.”
“I believe in the goals and mission of the Davis College and in its development capacity,” Cryser said. “The Davis College is grounded in research, with successful alumni and smart and creative faculty and staff. I want to build and enhance the knowledge and skills that I have, develop aggressive goals, and create a strong development program, and I think the Davis College is a great environment to do all three things.”
During her more than five years with WVU Extension Service, Cryser placed an emphasis on county fund raising, increasing the number of county endowments from two to more than a dozen and raising more than $100,000 to help counties meet their endowment pledges. She secured more than $100,000 to support county Energy Express programs, and also found funding to assist with upgrades at WVU Jackson’s Mill.
In total, Cryser raised more than $5.5 million for WVU Extension Service, WVU Jackson’s Mill and the WV 4-H program during her time there.
Prior to that, she spent nearly five years as director of public relations, alumni relations and development with WVU’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. In that position she coordinated the school’s $1 million capital campaign, doubled annual fund donations and developed an annual giving program.
The Burlington native is a two-time graduate of WVU with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism. She also earned an associate’s degree in journalism from Potomac State College.
CONTACT: Lindsay Willey, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
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