Kim Blair serves as the assistant vice president of advancement to lead fundraising and help with outreach and strategic communication initiatives centered in Roanoke.
The move reflects the university’s growing presence in the city, where the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine have emerged as economic anchors.
Blair has served as a senior principal gifts officer within the university’s Advancement Division since 2015. In this role she has helped secure multimillion dollar gifts supporting the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Program in Real Estate, the Corps of Cadets, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Blair reports jointly to Virginia Tech Associate Vice President of Development for Colleges Mike Moyer, Vice President for Health Sciences and Technology and the Founding Executive Director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Dr. Michael J. Friedlander, and VTC School of Medicine Dean Dr. Lee Learman.
Blair has over 25 years of advancement experience. Since 2016, she has been working to advance the VTC Health Sciences and Technology Campus in the Roanoke Innovation Corridor by engaging key stakeholders including alumni, leaders in the Roanoke Valley business community, and public officials in Roanoke and beyond. She will be expected to build on this groundwork to attract transformative philanthropy that supports groundbreaking discoveries and world-class medical education — and helps ensure a thriving economic future for the region.
The research institute and school of medicine were created through a public-private partnership between Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic, two major drivers of Southwest Virginia’s economy.
Blair is a native southwest Virginian and grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia. She attended Roanoke College for her undergraduate degree and the University of Lynchburg for her master’s degree. Blair is married to Tommy Blair and they have five children and reside in Salem, Virginia.