Mallory T. Tuttle, an experienced economic development professional for the Hampton Roads region with a background in higher education, is now Associate Director for Virginia Tech’s Hampton Roads Centers, an extension of Outreach and International Affairs. The Hampton Roads Centers are comprised of two facilities, one located in Newport News and the other in Virginia Beach. The centers offer education opportunities for working professionals in the region, including workshops and certification programs, graduate programs, conference planning, and management services.     

The Newport News Center just recently opened its doors in its new location at the Tech Center Research Park, adjacent to Jefferson National Lab. “We are extremely pleased to have this opportunity, in partnership with the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, to establish the new Virginia Tech Newport News Center location in the heart of the dynamic, new state-of-the-art development. As a graduate of Virginia Tech, having the opportunity to continue to build upon the relationships and networks that Virginia Tech has established in this region and cultivate new partnerships is what I am most excited about,” said Tuttle.

Tuttle earned a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure studies from Ferrum College, followed by a Master’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Tech. 

Earlier in her career, she worked as a business development manager for Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc., and later became a project manager at Old Dominion University where she developed programming and managed event planning for ODU’s Strome Entrepreneurial Center. She also worked as an adjunct professor at ODU, where she taught courses about business and entrepreneurship.

Tuttle has received multiple awards, including Inside Business’s Top 40 Under 40 as well as CoVa Biz’s Millennial on the Move. She was recently honored by Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business with the Ut Prosim Alumni Award for her philanthropic work in the Hampton Roads region.

In her new role, Tuttle will provide leadership, management, and program development for Virginia Tech in the Hampton Roads region. She will collaborate with university partners to deliver comprehensive outreach programs and projects through instruction, applied research, and technical assistance. She will also support corporate partners and public agencies in accessing university assets to address economic, research, workforce, and community development needs with the goal of securing funded collaboration opportunities.

“This new location is key in supporting Virginia Tech’s land-grant university mission, by linking the needs of our local professional community with the rich resources made available through Virginia Tech. My hope is Virginia Tech’s presence in Hampton Roads will provide opportunities to shape the economic future of the region, commonwealth and beyond,” Tuttle said of her new role.