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.

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 has been President & CEO of Providence Health Foundation in Washington, DC, for six years.

Richard L Moore

Richard L. (Skip) Moore had a thirty-year tenure in higher education administration including vice chancellor level positions in university advancement and fundraising as well as senior leadership positions in continuing education, institutional computing administration, and strategic planning. Skip then served a fifteen-year tenure as President of the Weaver Foundation in Greensboro, NC, retiring in 2016. Previously he served the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as Vice Chancellor for Administration and Planning and then Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. Additionally he held leadership positions at the University of Memphis and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 

Richard H. Smith Jr.

Richard H. Smith Jr. For 20 years Rick Smith led one of the most successful community college advancement programs in the nation, consistently ranked in the top 10 of all two-year schools in CAE’s Voluntary Support of Education annual survey. During Rick’s tenure as Dean of Institutional Advancement, philanthropic support at Sandhills Community College provided unparalleled levels of financial aid for its students and advanced the excellence of the college’s academic programs and facilities. As the result of a highly-productive major gifts and planned gifts program developed during Rick’s time at Sandhills, the SCC Foundation’s endowment grew ten-fold in the two decades between 1995 and 2015. Rick provides counsel in prospect development, donor cultivation and stewardship, annual fund, major gifts, planned giving programs and publication design for annual and capital campaigns.