David R. Ford of Blacksburg, vice president and dean for undergraduate education at Virginia Tech, was conferred the "vice president and dean emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board's quarterly meeting on Nov. 3.
The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the Virginia Tech community for more than two decades, Ford has maintained a strong commitment to undergraduate education, created new academic programs, and provided exceptional leadership in fiscal, personnel, and management matters.
Under his leadership, undergraduate enrollments have grown, the University Honors Program has expanded, academic advising has been strengthened, and the VT Pathways to Learning program has been successfully launched to guide students through their undergraduate academic career.
He is deeply admired for his commitment to people, which forms the basis for his steady, fair, and even-handed administrative approach; his optimism and sense of humor have made him a beloved mentor, teacher, and colleague.
Ford has served on a variety of committees and commissions at Virginia Tech, including many years of involvement with academic support for athletes, admissions and financial aid, international student affairs, strategic planning for various areas within the university, and dozens of others.
In addition to his position as vice president and dean for undergraduate education, Ford spent more than 10 years in other positions at Virginia Tech including associate vice president for facilities.
He received his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. from Purdue University.