The VMI Foundation

inspires support for the future of the Virginia Military Institute through the VMI alumni, family and friends and those committed to the mission of the Institute to develop leaders of character for all walks of life.

  • Meade King

    Meade King '85 Chief Operating Officer, VMI Foundation

    The primary goal of the VMI Foundation chief operating officer is to raise and steward the funds entrusted to it for the sole purpose of advancing the Virginia Military Institute. With this private money, the VMI Foundation supports constant improvement of academic and co-curricular programs. The COO reports to the VMI Alumni Agencies CEO and also supports the president of the VMI Foundation Board of Trustees. The COO works closely with VMI leadership and across the VMI Alumni Agencies to develop and execute programs consistent with the missions of VMI and the Foundation.

    Diane Brown

    Diane Brown Office Manager for Stewardship

    The office manager provides administrative support and general office organization to the stewardship program, ensuring professional and attentive customer service for all inquiries from alumni, staff and other constituents.

    Vickie Black

    Vickie Black Director of Prospect Management & Research

    The director of prospect management and research will provide information to establish corporate and individual giving capacity of $25,000 or greater through extensive financial research using online databases and SEC documents.

    Rita Blackwell

    Rita Blackwell Executive Assistant

    The executive assistant provides planned giving administrative support to the vice president of development & estate administration and the director of corporation and foundation relations.

    Terrie Conrad

    Terrie Conrad Vice President of Gift Planning & Estate Administration

    As vice president of gift planning and estate administration, Terrie Conrad manages and directs efforts to attract planned gifts where appropriate for the VMI Alumni Agencies and provides training and supervision for the major gift officers of both the Foundation and Keydet Club. She is responsible for the formulation of institutionally targeted fundraising goals and strategies for planned gifts, the implementation of approved fundraising plans and the monitoring of related development activities within the organization as they pertain to major and planned giving activities. Terrie reports directly to the COO.

    Amy Reid

    Amy Reid Executive Assistant to CEO/Corporate Secretary

    The executive assistant provides assistance to the CEO of the VMI Alumni Agencies, including maintaining the CEO’s calendar, arrangements for meetings and other duties as directed by the CEO. The Corporate Secretary provides executive assistance to the VMI Foundation COO, assists with arrangements and materials for meetings, provides secretarial support for the VMI Foundation Board of Trustees and serves as primary point of contact for administrative support to the trustees.

    Charles Plageman

    Charles Plageman '90 Associate Director of Gift Planning

    The associate director of gift planning assists the vice president of development and estate administration with efforts to attract planned gifts for the VMI Alumni Agencies. The associate director also supports planned giving proposals for other gift officers, as well as assists with institutionally targeted fundraising goals and strategies for planned gifts while continuing to solicit major gifts.

    Avis Slagle

    Avis Slagle Director of Stewardship

    The director of stewardship develops all stewardship reporting and documentation, including endowment reports, annual reports to donors, Memorandums of Understating and program/funding reports. The director also works on cumulative giving society and related donor recognition and serves as a point of contact for all department heads at VMI.