Virginia Theological Seminary announced August 13 the appointment of Chris Northrup as its new leadership and planned giving officer. Housed in the Office of Institutional Advancement, Northrup will be responsible for increasing participation in the seminary's planned giving legacy society and will help develop strategies for cultivating major gifts.
"Institutional Advancement joins me in welcoming Christopher Northrup who brings a wealth of experience in development and gift planning," said the Rev. J. Barney Hawkins IV, vice president of Institutional Advancement. "He loves the Episcopal Church and will make a difference as we grow our various revenue streams."
Northrup has been a professional fundraiser for the last 10 years. He was the director of major and planned giving at Shenandoah University, where he solicited Shentel Corporation's donation of $750,000 for naming rights to the university stadium -- the first corporate naming for a Division III college athletic facility in the country.
Prior to working for the university, Northrup was director of development for the Virginia College Fund in northern Virginia and served as a campaign consultant for many organizations such as The Evans Home for Children and St. Luke's Community Clinic. He has served on many non-profit boards including Westminster Canterbury (current), the Rotary Club and the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum. He was head of the worship committee while on the vestry at Christ Church in Winchester, Virginia. Prior to working in sales, marketing, and fundraising, Northrup began his career as teacher and coach at Sidwell Friends School.
Originally from Parkersburg, West Virginia, Northrup was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Episcopal Church. He graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio and studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland and the University of Virginia. Northrup and his wife, Robin, have four sons. An avid athlete, Northrup currently competes in triathlons.