VMNH Deputy Director named CFRE
Ryan Barber, deputy director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, was recently awarded the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential, joining over 5,600 professionals around the world who have been awarded the CFRE designation by CFRE International. In order to qualify, awardees must have significant fundraising achievement, continuing education, and commitment to not-for-profit organizations. In addition, designees must pass a comprehensive exam which tests a fundraising executive’s knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Barber began his career at VMNH in 2005, serving in several positions including development associate, public relations and marketing manager, interim director of development, director of marketing and external affairs, and currently as deputy director. As deputy director, Barber oversees all museum advancement activities, supervising 16 full-time and part-time staff in the key areas of marketing, development, exhibits, special events and visitor services.
Before joining the museum, Barber worked at Hargrave Military Academy as a major gifts officer and as a reporter at the Danville Register and Bee, while also serving as an adjunct instructor of English at Danville Community College. He earned a masters in mass communication from Oklahoma State University and a bachelors in communication from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Barber lives in Danville, Virginia with his wife, Amber, and their two sons, Lleyton and Braeden.