By: Ben Anderson
Carla Sutherland, vice president for college relations at Warren Wilson College, has been named 2005 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the Western North Carolina Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Sutherland, campaign manager and director of athletic public affairs at Cornell University before coming to Warren Wilson in 1991, was honored at the AFP National Philanthropy Day Luncheon where the association’s annual awards are presented. She was introduced by Warren Wilson College President Doug Orr, who has worked with Sutherland for the past 14 years.
In the 1990s Sutherland directed a $15 million Centennial Campaign – Warren Wilson’s first comprehensive capital campaign – that easily surpassed its goal with a total of $27.3 million raised. Beginning in 2001 she directed the President’s Initiatives Campaign that concluded in 2004 with $11.7 million raised, $1.7 million more than the $10 million goal.
As vice president, Sutherland oversees the annual fund, publications, campus communications, special events, a 100-member national Board of Visitors, key volunteer leadership and all aspects of fundraising for the college. A native of Texas, she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.