Development Director for Timber Ridge School to Succeed Franny Crawford at the MSV


Winchester, VA., 5/31/13…The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) today announced that it has tapped Troy Newbraugh as its new director of development. Currently the director of development at Timber Ridge School in Cross Junction, Virginia, Newbraugh will lead the Museum’s fundraising efforts immediately following the June 30 retirement of founding development director, Frances “Franny” Crawford.

According to MSV Executive Director Dana Hand Evans, the Museum conducted a national search to find Crawford’s successor. “I am thrilled that we found the perfect candidate in our own community,” says Evans. She adds that, “Troy’s knowledge of the Shenandoah Valley, his commitment to education, and his successful fundraising for non-profit organizations will undoubtedly help the MSV grow and achieve our goals of offering more exhibitions, more educational and community programming, and expanded access to the MSV site.”

A well-known and respected leader among tri-state area fundraising professionals, Troy Newbraugh has served as the Timber Ridge School development director since 1997. In addition to managing a successful annual giving program, Newbraugh successfully completed the School’s first volunteer-driven capital campaign to raise $1.1 million in 2007. In addition, he created an international campaign for the sale of the school’s collectible Christmas ornament featuring the artwork of Civil War artist Mort Künstler, with net sales of the ornament exceeding $700,000. Other fundraising milestones in his tenure at Timber Ridge include surpassing a number of goals, raising more than $600,000 in total for projects that included the constructions of the Adventure Challenge Ropes Course, the Mort Künstler Residence Hall, and the George B. Whitacre Family Park, and for furnishing and equipping the school’s intake residence hall.

Troy Newbraugh graduated from Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia, in 1989 with a BS in communications and business administration. Prior to his 16-year tenure at Timber Ridge School, Newbraugh was director for institutional advancement at Eton Academy, Birmingham, Michigan, from 1996 to 1997, and assistant director of development at the Blue Ridge School, St. George, Virginia, from 1990 to 1996.

Newbraugh is an Association of Fundraising Professionals Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE-International) and has served in numerous leadership positions with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Tri-State Chapter. A current board member, he was the association president from 2003 to 2004. A Winchester resident, Newbraugh also is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Winchester.

In regards to his new role at the MSV, Newbraugh says, “I am pleased to have been selected to join the team at the MSV. Franny Crawford established a wonderful foundation of support for the Museum, and I look forward to working with the MSV Board and staff to help the Museum move forward and achieve its ambitious plans to serve as a major cultural resource for the Valley.” 

According to Director Evans, the MSV will publish a new strategic plan later this summer that will chart a dynamic course for the Museum for the next five years. In addition, the MSV will also unveil a new Master Plan for the Museum campus this fall.

The largest green space in the City of Winchester, the 254-acre Museum of the Shenandoah Valley complex includes the Glen Burnie House, six acres of gardens, and a 50,000-square-foot museum that tells the story of the region’s art, history, and culture. The MSV has a staff of more than 50 full and part-time employees, a dedicated group of nearly 150 docents and volunteers, and an annual operating budget of more than $3 million. The Museum offers a wide range of highly popular educational programs, free community events, and changing exhibitions, has more than 1,100 Members, and attracts more than 30,000 visitors annually.

Julie B. Armel
540-662-1473, ext. 225