Nelson to Leave Roanoke

SALEM, Va. — Roanoke College President Dr. Sabine U. O’Hara announced today the resignation of Judith Nelson, vice president for resource development. Nelson has been with Roanoke College for 24 years and was named Roanoke’s first female vice president in 1995. She is leaving the Roanoke Valley to become vice president for development and alumni programs at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

“Judi has many admirers and friends on- and off-campus,” O’Hara said. “We are grateful for her 24 years of service to Roanoke College. She has truly made a difference in the life of the college and our best wishes go with her as she assumes her new position at Lynn University.”
Nelson joined Roanoke College in 1982 as director of non-credit programs. In the community education office, she created the successful Elderscholar program, an educational program for retirees and senior citizens that recently celebrate its 20th year. Nelson held several positions in the resource development office, including director of development and director of public relations. As vice president, Nelson led the college through its most successful capital campaign, The Difference, which ended in 2002. The six-year campaign raised more than $83 million, exceeding its goal by an incredible $18 million. The campaign generated commitments to more than double the college’s endowed scholarships, provide for new buildings and renovations and fund additional faculty.

“I leave Roanoke College with pride in the college’s growth, its fiscal stability and its strength in academic quality,” Nelson said. “It has been my privilege to witness and to help nurture such progress. Roanoke College is an organization with a talented faculty and staff—many of whom are friends, mentors and heroes to me.” 

Nelson was awarded the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award by the First Virginia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2004. She is a member of the board for the Center for Regional Strategies. She was recognized with the college’s Distinguished Service Award in 1992. She earned her B.A. in English Education from Bethany College. In addition, she attended the CASE Summer Institute in Executive Management at Vanderbilt University and the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.
For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.