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Diane ChildersDirector of Operations

    Diane Childers, Director of Operations, is skilled in nonprofit organizations, project leadership, budgeting, coaching, and team management. Childers has extensive experience working with progressive institutions in higher education. No stranger to the Hokie community, Childers previously served as the Chief of Staff/VP for Health Sciences and Technology at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC  where she oversaw the management of operations and executive office personnel.

    “Diane shares our Center’s passion for developing people, products and organizations that create value,” said Sean Collins, Director of the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs. “Her experience with Fralin and stakeholders across the University will be invaluable as she helps lead the continued expansion of entrepreneurship as a transformative force at Virginia Tech.”  

    In her role as Director of Operations, Childers oversees the organizational management of budget and finance, human resources, information technology, and marketing and communications.  In addition, she works closely with the Executive Director on Advisory Board and corporate sponsor initiatives.   “I am excited about the future direction of Apex Center and look forward to engaging with faculty, students, alumni and corporate partners to support entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech.”  

    Childers earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a focus in Business Administration and Management from Roanoke College.


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