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Smith named director of development for the Statler College

Sarah Smith

 Sarah Smith joins the Statler College as director of development. (submitted photo)

The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University, has announced the appointment of Sarah Smith to director of development effective February 27, 2023. 

Story by Brittany Furbee, Communications Specialist


Smith comes to the Statler College from Carnegie Mellon University where she has worked as associate director for CMU’s College of Engineering since 2019. Prior to this role, she supported both the Tepper School of Business and the College of Engineering jointly since joining CMU in 2017. 

Prior to working at CMU, she held various positions at Youngstown State University, the Potomac Elite Volleyball Club and Shepherd University. 

"I am truly excited to join West Virginia University Foundation and specifically the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources,” Smith said. “WVU has a strong alumni connection while also having a deep commitment to its home state to help solve complex problems, something engineers do extremely well. I am looking forward to meeting leadership within the Statler College and alumni who call WVU home." 

Smith will serve on the College’s development team alongside Executive Director of Development Tammy Cavarretta, to engage alumni, friends, parents, corporations and foundations in support of the College.  

“We are thrilled Sarah Smith will be joining our Statler Development team” Cavarretta said. “She comes as a major gift officer from the Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering, bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience and ideas to complement our development team. Sarah is goal-driven with a passion for connecting with alumni and friends, which will help us raise more resources to benefit our students, faculty, and staff. I am confident she will take our development outreach and fundraising to new heights.” 



Contact: Paige Nesbit
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
304.293.4135, Paige Nesbit

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