Erin Burcham was recently named to Roanoke College’s Community Advisory Group.

Burcham is the President of Verge and Executive Director of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. Verge is the regional technology alliance that includes affiliates of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, Valley Innovation Council and RAMP (the Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program), a Roanoke-based business accelerator.

Burcham spearheads initiatives for technology, innovation, and talent development in the region including multiple GO Virginia projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in leadership with a focus on economic development from Virginia Tech.

The connection with Roanoke College helps strengthen the tie between companies in the region to college and university students preparing for jobs in the technology industry.

Burcham’s announcement coincides with other Roanoke College appointments. Michelle R. Austin, Amy Hansen Geddes, Carrie Taylor McConnell, and Karen Rymers Winslow were named to the President’s Advisory Board.

Roanoke College, located in Salem, Virginia, offers an innovative core curriculum and majors that allow for depth of study and research. Roanoke College encourages students to believe in themselves and their potential. Students participate in internships, creative projects, community service, and study away — endeavors that help them find their purpose in life. The Roanoke College experience is a full one, only enhanced by its setting — minutes away from a vibrant city and the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains.