Press Release - 01/30/19

CVCC Names New Vice President of Institutional Advancement

LYNCHBURG, VA – Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) President Dr. John Capps has announced the hire of a new vice president of institutional advancement.

“I am delighted to announce the selection of Mr. Christopher Bryant as our new vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the educational foundation,” stated Dr. Capps in a recent internal communication. “Bringing twenty years of professional fundraising experience to CVCC, Chris emerged as the frontrunner among an unusually strong pool of candidates. I am confident that Chris’s appreciation of CVCC’s mission, and his extensive experience as a professional fundraiser, will translate into profound benefits for our foundation, our college, and our students.”

Mr. Frederick Armstrong, chairman and CEO of Wiley Wilson, and chair of the CVCC Educational Foundation Board of Directors, added, "I am pleased to welcome Chris.  I am confident that the experience, knowledge and skills he brings will be of great benefit to CVCC and to the entire Lynchburg region.  The CVCC Educational Foundation will continue to work tirelessly to enhance opportunities for our local students.”

Of his new position, Christopher Bryant said, “For over fifty years, CVCC has been instrumental in fulfilling its mission to educate students and prepare them for the next step of their chosen journeys.  I am excited about the opportunity to serve alongside the faculty, staff, and board leadership to advance the mission of the institution, and to generate resources for the Educational Foundation to facilitate positive change for our region’s future.  I am so impressed with the many CVCC success stories I have heard to date, and I look forward to sharing those positive stories with the greater Lynchburg community.”

Mr. Bryant started the position in early December and is now beginning to hit his stride with his new role. In addition to other duties, Bryant is primarily responsible for designing and implementing CVCC’s institutional advancement programs for increasing community involvement, building corporate and foundation relationships, and initiating positive fundraising outcomes. 

Bryant remarked, “The people who call the Lynchburg area home are caring, compassionate people. Our community members are engaged in civic ‘callings’ to help one another, and we each collectively give of our time, talent, and treasure to build more opportunities for community growth and prosperity.  The CVCC Educational Foundation is a conduit for philanthropy, and we look to invite community leaders and community members to be collaborative partners in our mission and vision.”

Before coming to CVCC, Bryant served as the director of development for Goodwin House, a nonprofit senior living community in Northern Virginia. In that capacity, he managed every aspect of the fundraising program, including annual appeals, direct mailings, mid-level giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, and planned giving. 

Prior to his tenure at Goodwin House, Bryant worked as the director of planned giving and major gifts for Capital Caring, as the director of donor relations for Presbyterian Homes and Family Services, and as a district director for the Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Bryant is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a credential that requires extensive training, completion of a written exam, continuing education, and the achievement of ongoing performance standards.

“CVCC is poised to make an even greater impact on our communities,” said Mr. Bryant.  “The CVCC Educational Foundation has always been committed to securing scholarship funds to assist students in obtaining enrollment.  Now, we are excited to focus on maintaining our current students with supportive programs to eliminate barriers to student success.  We will work to identify what prevents some of our students from success, and begin to address those issues collaboratively with community partners.  We are certain that more financial support will directly result in greater community impact through an increase in graduates and certificate holders.” 

Bryant’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampden-Sydney College and a master’s degree in executive leadership and nonprofit management from Liberty University. 

Christopher Bryant is a Lynchburg native and a resident of Goode where he lives with his wife Tara and their two sons. He is familiar with CVCC, not only because he grew up here but also because his wife began her post-high school education by earning an associate’s degree from the college.