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Washington and Lee University

Deb Darling

Director of Prospect Development

Deb DarlingA native of Virginia, Deb joined the development staff in 2008 after 20+ years in fundraising and consulting. Beginning her nonprofit career at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, she later joined the fundraising staff at Hampden-Sydney College before moving to Minnesota to work with the international fundraising consulting firm, Bentz Whaley Flessner. This led to her discovery of Berea College in Kentucky where she spent eight wonderful years as a major gifts officer. Marriage took her to Switzerland, and later back to her native Commonwealth where she served as Director of Development for Comfort Zone Camp. Realizing that her primary passion remained helping others obtain a world-class college education, she was delighted to learn about a new job being created at Washington and Lee University-a place that reveres honor, respects history and traditions, and is open to finding new solutions to age-old problems.

Deb earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1985--the first member of her family to earn a college degree. "What motivates and excites me about coming to work every day is hoping that the work I do today will help future students receive one of the best educations this nation can provide," says Deb.

Deb's responsibilities focus on helping the University identify potential funding sources to meet critical budget and program needs, as well as strategic planning initiatives, such as the Lenfest Challenge, the Colonnade Renovation, professorships, scholarships, and other educational needs.

Contact Information:

(540) 458-8347
fax: (540) 458-8428

Washington and Lee University
Development Building
Lexington, VA 24450