BLACKSBURG, Va., April 4, 2011 – Kevin L. Foust of Roanoke, former FBI supervisory senior resident agent based in Roanoke for Southwest Virginia, has been named deputy chief of police and assistant director of security at Virginia Tech.
He will begin his new position May 2.
Reporting to both the chief of the Virginia Tech Police Department and the director of Emergency Management, Foust will provide leadership and management for security operations for all Virginia Tech programs and facilities and will ensure compliance with emergency preparedness requirements for programs and facilities beyond the Blacksburg campus.
More specifically, Foust will manage the development and implementation of an effective global security strategy including programs to mitigate risk and safeguard the university’s students, faculty, and staff; physical assets; and institutional reputation and integrity to ensure continuity of operations. He will also work with campus offices to assist in the protection of intellectual property.
In conjunction with Emergency Management, Foust will support emergency preparedness planning and associated regulatory compliance for all university facilities outside of Blacksburg.
“Virginia Tech has a significant and growing global presence that requires increasing attention to security operations and emergency planning,” said Sherwood Wilson, vice president for administrative services. “With more than 20 years experience with the FBI, and his associated work with Virginia Tech, Kevin brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our community.”
Foust has worked for the FBI since 1987 in several capacities, the last six years as the supervisory senior resident agent for Southwest Virginia. He served as a special agent based in Roanoke from 2003 to 2005.
From 2001 to 2003, Foust was the unit chief of the Usama Bin Laden Unit in the Counterterrorism Division. From 1996 to 2001, he led investigations involving terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests overseas. He also was a special agent based in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 1996 and a special agent based in Jacksonville, Fla., from 1987 to 1991.
Foust received his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $450 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.