About Us


W. Charles Witzleben


W. Charles Witzleben is the founding principal of the firm. He has forty-five years experience in advancement work. Since entering the consulting field in 1986, he has successfully served more than 150 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; former director and 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 currently serves on the boards of Mercer University College of Liberal Arts and Durham Central Park. 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.