James Thomas "Tom" Brown, former senior associate dean of the Dean of Students office, has been appointed as the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students office is responsible for the coordination of student advocacy, new student orientation and parent programs, and responding to student emergencies in collaboration with Judicial Affairs, Residence Life, Cook Counseling Center, Schiffert Health Center, and other departments and agencies.
In his position, Brown will continue to provide leadership efforts to enhance and sustain a campus climate that supports students’ success, stimulates personal growth, provides opportunities for life experiences, and engages students in a dynamic, integrated learning experience that reaches beyond the classroom.
“Tom Brown is a seasoned professional who has worked diligently with faculty, staff, and students for many years. His work with student advocacy and crises as well as his knowledge of the university will especially benefit the university in the wake of the events of April 16. We are very pleased that he has accepted the offer to serve as the Dean of Students,” said Zenobia Lawrence Hikes, vice president for student affairs, in announcing the appointment.
Brown, who holds a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and a master's degree from the University of Virginia, has been with Virginia Tech for nearly 29 years serving in several positions throughout that time. In addition, Brown has also served on numerous university committees and advising groups during his tenure and has been honored with numerous awards and recognition for his leadership and service to Virginia Tech.