About the Foundation

The New River Community and Technical College (CTC) Foundation was established in 2007 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation to support the College’s mission to provide accessible, affordable, quality education and workforce programs to meet the needs of the region we serve. Our role is to make education accessible and affordable for our students by providing scholarships, building and technology improvements, and equipment that facilitates hands-on learning.

The New River CTC Foundation’s Board of Directors provides oversight of community relations, fundraising, and awards disbursement. They work in conjunction with the President of the College, Dr. L. Marshall Washington, and the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation, Karen Harvey, CFRE, who serve as ex-officio members of the Board.


            Chair:                Dr. Kyle Fort

            Vice Chair:         Dr. Olen Jones

Secretary:         Mr. Phil McLaughlin

Treasurer:         Mr. Edward D. Knight, III, Esq.

The Foundation Board’s major responsibilities are to:

1.   Ensure the board is composed of dedicated and energetic people that are capable of being involved in private-sector resource development.

2.   Establish and carry out an effective private-sector resource development plan.

3.   Provide volunteer leadership for the college’s private-sector resource development function.

4.   Set the pace for giving through the members’ own financial commitment to all components of the private-sector resource development program, including annual gifts, planned gifts, and ongoing major gifts, and pledges provided during periodic major gifts campaigns.

5.   Solicit peers of similar influence and affluence.

6.   Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their fundraising efforts.

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Four Advisory Boards provide insight on their communities and support to the Foundation, representing New River CTC’s campuses:

  • Greenbrier Valley in Lewisburg,
  • Mercer County in Princeton,
  • Nicholas County in Summersville, and
  • Raleigh County in Beaver/Beckley.

Members are drawn from area businesses and industry, education including K-12 and baccalaureate colleges, and public service.

Specific responsibilities of individual Advisory Board members include serving as:

1.   “Advisors” to the president and governing boards;

2.   “Ambassadors” to the College’s constituencies;

3.   “Friend raisers” for the College;

4.   “Examples” by personally investing in the College; and

5.   “Fundraisers” from private-sector sources.


Ms. Karen Harvey, CFRE

New River CTC Foundation

280 University Drive

Beaver, WV 25813


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