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Gina Harwood Appointed as Part-Time Executive Director of the Village Foundation of Blowing Rock

Updated: May 9

The Village Foundation of Blowing Rock is thrilled to announce the appointment of Gina Harwood as its Executive Director. In her role, Gina will be pivotal in providing consistent organization and direction to the foundation, steering it towards a bright and impactful future.

Gina Harwood
Gina Harwood

Gina brings a wealth of experience, having previously served as the Executive Director of Development for the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University. During her impressive 12-year tenure at ASU, Gina demonstrated an unwavering passion for helping students, donors, and alumni achieve their goals and build lasting legacies.

Her dedication and strategic approach led to remarkable success, resulting in over $17 million in gifts to the university.

In addition to her professional achievements, Gina and her husband, David, have been proud residents of Blowing Rock for 24 years. They are active members of the community, and Gina has consistently demonstrated her passion for assisting others, whether through her career, church, or volunteer work in the local schools. 

As the Part-Time Executive Director, Gina will focus on implementing effective strategies, cultivating community engagement, and overseeing the foundation's operations to ensure its continued success in supporting the local community.

"We are delighted to welcome Gina Harwood to the Village Foundation of Blowing Rock. Her exemplary leadership and extensive experience in philanthropy align perfectly with our mission and vision for the future," said Cathy Robbins, President of the Board of Directors. "We believe that Gina will bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas that will strengthen our foundation and enhance our ability to make a positive impact in the community."

Gina expressed her enthusiasm for the new role, stating, "I am honored to join the Village Foundation of Blowing Rock and contribute to the incredible work this organization does for the community. I look forward to working collaboratively with the board, staff, and community stakeholders to build upon the foundation's successes and create a lasting legacy for generations to come."

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