About Us


W. Charles Witzleben


W. Charles Witzleben is the founding principal of the firm. He has forty years experience in advancement work. Since entering the consulting field in 1986, he has successfully served more than 100 organizations in the improvement of their fund raising programs and planning and executing capital campaigns with client goals ranging from $2 million to $1.3 billion. Previously, Charlie served as the chief advancement officer for the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University and other senior development positions at Emory University and Mercer University. A long time member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and Association of Fundraising Professionals, he is a former trustee of Durham Academy; former trustee and chair of The Hill Center; past chair of The Sarah P. Duke Gardens of Duke University, past chair of the Duke Chapel campaign steering committee of The Campaign for Duke, and former member of Vanderbilt University and Wofford College Parents Councils. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercer University and completed graduate work in business at Georgia State University.


Associates are leading senior professionals whose careers, experience and interests provide clients access to expertise in specific technical and program areas of advancement. Associates collaborate on studies and special projects and are available for periodic counsel.


Matthew S. Bisset

Matthew S. Bisset specializes in advancement work for liberal arts colleges, independent schools and museums. Currently Vice President for Advancement at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, he recently led the institution through its most successful campaign, nearly tripling the previous campaign’s total. Employing strong major gift matrixes as the foundation to the college’s success, Matt has more than 15 years of experience guiding non-profit and educational institutions through all aspects of external relations including board development, internal audits, feasibility studies and campaign counsel.

Valerie M. Gliem

Valerie M. Gliem considers it a privilege to have worked in higher education for more than 15 years at private liberal arts colleges, public universities and academic medical centers in the areas of advancement, marketing, media relations, public relations, admissions and internal communications. To the Witzleben/Associates team she brings specialized skills in fundraising campaign management; message development for alumni, donor prospects, parents, current students and prospective students; candidate searches; volunteer management;  and presidential and advancement event planning. Valerie is currently the Vice President for Marketing and Communications at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Philip G. Mazzara

Philip G. Mazzara specializes in advancement programs for research universities, hospitals and health care centers, and public policy institutes. Phil has previously served as President and CEO of Providence Health Foundation, Senior Vice President of the Jefferson Foundation of Thomas Jefferson University, Vice President for Private Support for CARE, President of the Saint Joseph's Hospital Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia and chief advancement officer of The Carter Center, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University. Phil is the immediate former President and CEO of Holy Cross Health Foundation in Silver Spring, Maryland.


Richard L. Moore

Richard L. Moore has a thirty-year tenure in higher education administration including management of university advancement and senior leadership positions in continuing education, institutional computing and technology, strategic planning and institutional management. Skip the immdeiate former President of the Weaver Foundation in Greensboro, North Carolina. Previously he served the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as Vice Chancellor for Planning and Administration and Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. He also held administrative positions at the University of Memphis and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 

Richard Smith  

Richard H. Smith, Jr.

Rick Smith has, for almost 20 years, led one of the most successful community college        advancement programs in the nation, consistently ranked in the top 20 of all two-year schools in CAE’s Voluntary Support of Education annual survey. Philanthropic support at Sandhills Community College has provided unparalleled educational opportunity for its students and ensured the ongoing excellence of its academic programs and facilities. Rick specializes in tapping the unique opportunities community colleges have for creating a culture of philanthropy to support their very special and broad-based missions. He provides counsel in prospect cultivation, board development, major gifts, annual giving and planned giving programs.


John W. Stephenson

John W. Stephenson specializes in the area of foundation programs and in the establishment of public and private foundations. John is the Executive Director of the J. Bulow Campbell Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the past president of the Southeastern Council on Foundations. Previously he served as the Vice President for Development at Emory University and chief development officer at the University of Texas at Dallas.