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Be the hero of a CNRE story

For Brent Keefer ’87, M.S. ’88, CEO of American Forest Management, Inc., arriving at Virginia Tech as an undergraduate was an experience that introduced him to the academic opportunities that changed his life. After carving out a 30-year career in the forest industry, Keefer is now giving back to the college and the university. As CNRE’s second visiting executive, Keefer delivered a keynote address on economic shifts in natural resources and shared lessons in leadership and business with students. Along with his wife Charlotte, Keefer also supports high-achieving students like meteorology major Hunter Manley through the Beyond Boundaries Scholarship program.

CNRE supporters all have a unique story to tell about how they got involved with the college. But you’ll also find that they have one thing in common: a passion for supporting what’s closest to their hearts. If you want to learn more about the college and have a great idea for making an impact, let us know. We’re always looking for heroes.

Make an online gift today

If you are ready to support CNRE, making a gift online is easy and convenient.

  1. Go to the online form.
  2. Select or enter your gift amount.
  3. Select the College of Natural Resources and Environment as the area you would like to give to.
  4. You may then select a department or give to the scholarship or annual fund. Giving to the annual fund means your gift will be used to support our most pressing needs.
  5. Select “Add this gift to your cart” and fill in your personal information.
  6. Click the “Give now” button.

Want to make an impact on the environment and Virginia Tech? Reach out!

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If you are interested in making a gift that will be absolutely transformative, contact Andrew Ickes, assistant dean of advancement. Andrew can help you find a way to support what matters to you, whether it’s making college possible for a deserving student, supporting ground-breaking research, or bringing another big idea to the table!

Contact Andrew at 540-231-8859 or

Come get inspired and see your impact

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Are you a graduate of CNRE or someone who is interested in what we do? We’d love to have you come visit! You can meet the people of CNRE and see how we are transforming the world — and learn how you can help. We would be happy to arrange a tour of our facilities, a visit to the field with faculty, lunch with students, or the chance to sit in on a class.