Radford City Schools


Carl E. Mitchell


Board Member


Currently, Mr. Mitchell is an Associate Director of Development for the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, who assists in carrying out the designated duties and responsibilities of the College of Engineering development programs. As a highly motivated professional, he is involved with the planning and implementation of the College of Engineering fundraising efforts in support of current operations, endowment and other capital purposes from all private sources. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Carl served as President & CEO of Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc.  Carl initially came on-board with Virginia Economic Bridge as the Southwest Virginia Director responsible for the management of the Linked Workforce Initiative which matched needs and skills to other regions of Virginia. Seeing a need for current economic and workforce data, Carl wrote and secured funding for the first SWVA regional Community Audit, a Mentor – Protégé Program, and an Infrastructure study. Carl took over the helm as president of Virginia Economic Bridge in July 2002. Prior to his work with VEB, he served as Staff Scientist and Director of Evaluation and Assessment for American Research Corporation of Virginia in Radford, Virginia.  Mr. Mitchell’s background also includes small business ownership (20 employees), teaching both the high school and university levels and in national conference program development and implementation for United States Department of Agriculture and National FFA.


Mr. Mitchell is a dedicated individual whose background includes experience in both the public and private sectors in program development and community outreach. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for LEAD VA, recently served on the Council for Rural Virginia, the Southwest Virginia IT Taskforce, and the New River/River Mount Rogers Workforce Investment Board.  His dynamic personality enables him to build strategic alliances and coalitions among corporate and nonprofit organizations.


Mr. Mitchell holds a masters degree in Horticulture as well as a B.S. in Agricultural Education and a B.S. in Animal Science from Virginia Tech.  In addition, he holds a Certification in Not for Profit Management from Radford University.  He was named a 2008 W.K. Kellogg fellow through the Rural People, Rural Policy Initiative and has successfully completed several professional development courses through the International Economic Development Council.


Carl and his wife, Lori, reside in Radford, VA, where they enjoy time with their six children and are active members of their community and St. Jude’s Catholic Church.