- Master's degree: Penn State
- Bachelor's degree: Penn State
Virginia Harrison is a three-time Penn State graduate and is thrilled to be back in Happy Valley. Virginia has spent seven years working in the fundraising field, most recently as the assistant director of development at Penn State Brandywine. Previously she was the manager for individual and corporate stewardship at the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and a writer/editor in Penn State’s Development Communications office at University Park. During her time as a writer, Virginia completed her master’s degree in media studies and discovered her passion for more deeply understanding fundraising as strategic communication. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in journalism and history and completed an honors thesis on gender and racial stereotyping in children's sports media. In her free time, Virginia enjoys playing and watching sports, cooking, reading nonfiction, and hanging out with her husband, Joe, and their retired racing greyhound, Stanley. Through her Ph.D. studies and beyond, Virginia hopes to bring new academic-based knowledge to the fundraising practice and inspire practitioners to think critically about donor communication.