John E. Dooley, associate provost for university outreach at Virginia Tech, has been named vice provost for outreach and international affairs to fill the position that will be vacated on June 1 when C. Clark Jones retires.
"The wealth of experience in extension and outreach that John brings to the position will be highly advantageous, not just to the university, but also to the many constituencies served by University Outreach and International Affairs (UOIA). His record of leadership and service are assets that will serve UOIA and the university well," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark McNamee in making the announcement.
In his current position, which reports to Jones, Dooley provides administrative leadership to the university's outreach programs, including continuing education, public service programs, economic initiatives, marketing research, and service learning and oversees Tech's four Commonwealth Campus Centers in Abingdon, Richmond, Roanoke, and Tidewater; the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement; and the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. He has worked closely with the development of the new hotel and conference center that is being constructed on the Blacksburg campus; chairs the Southside Implementation Team, which coordinates Tech's activities in Southside, Va.; and serves as program liaison between outreach and the Virginia Cooperative Extension for strategic program development.
In his new position, he will oversee the same programs as well as the Office for International Research, Education, and Development and the Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. He will also serve as a university liaison to the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center Commission and will work to strengthen the university's overall extension efforts in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension. "The elevationof our broad array of international programsto the vice-provost level creates a wonderful opportunity for the programs to benefit from Dooley's great leadership skills and vision,"McNamee said.
"I am honored to have been selected to lead the University's outreach and international program efforts and look forward to working with our faculty, staff, students, and administration in fulfilling our mission as a land-grant university by connecting our great wealth of knowledge for the social and economic well being of people around the globe," Dooley said.
Dooley has worked for Virginia Tech since 1982, when he joined Extension as director of the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center, a position he held for eight years. Since then, he has been the executive director of the Virginia 4-H Foundation, Extension specialist, interim assistant to the Extension director, associate director of 4-H Extension's Family and Consumer Sciences, and assistant dean of the College of Human Resources and Education. Before joining the Virginia Tech faculty, he worked for five years at Alderson-Broaddus College, where he was director of annual giving for parent and alumni relations, assistant director of public information, and director of sports information.
He holds Ph.D. and master's degrees in higher education administration from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in elementary education from Alderson-Broaddus.
Dooley has served on numerous committees, initiatives, and teams, often serving in leadership roles. He currently chairs the Virginia Tech Science, Technology, Engineering, and mathematics K-12 initiative and the Virginia Tech Southside Virginia Economic Transformation Implementation Team and is an administrative leader for the Virginia Tech Alumni, Hotel, and Conference Center project. He is also a member of the President's Awards Selection Committee and the Stakeholders Committee for the Center for Information Technology Impacts on Children, Youth, and Families. Two years ago, he chaired the Governor's Conference on Human Genomics, the Family, and the Law and co-chaired the Governor's Conference on Aging. He has also chaired, directed, or served on numerous committees, boards, task forces, and initiatives for Virginia Cooperative Extension, regional and national Extension, and Virginia Tech. He was a member of the University Task Force on Defining the Land-grant University of the 21st Century and primary author of its final report.
Dooley has also been the principal investigator for a number of funded projects, most recently serving as co-principal investigator on the $370,000 U.S. Department of Commerce Technology Opportunity Program "Getting Rural Virginia Connected." He has also made numerous presentations, has conducted a number of workshops, serves on several boards, and is active in community service projects.
Dooley's work has been recognized with the Commonwealth of Virginia Patrick Henry Award, which was presented by Gov. James S. Gilmore III last year; State Friend of the Family Award from the Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Services; Agricultural Communicators in Education Award for Program Innovation; Distinguished Alumni Award from Alderson-Broaddus; Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees; 4-H Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents; and numerous other awards.