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Virginia Tech begins search for vice president for outreach and international affairs


BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 28, 2011 – Virginia Tech has begun an international search for a new vice president for outreach and international affairs, a position currently held by John E. Dooley who will become the chief operating officer of the Virginia Tech Foundation on April 1, 2012, and then its chief executive officer upon retirement of Raymond D. Smoot Jr. in July 2012.

Outreach and International Affairs supports Virginia Tech’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning, all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads the university’s presence on five continents; its regional research and professional development and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.

Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee will chair the search committee. Members of the search committee are

  • Naomi Dam, undergraduate student, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences;
  • Christine Fiori, associate professor of practice, Myers-Lawson School of Construction;
  • Drema Foster, hotel controller, Inn at Virginia Tech;
  • Devi Gnyawali, R.B. Pamplin Professor of Management, Pamplin College of Business;
  • Alan Grant, dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences;
  • Nancy Gruber, assistant director of finance, Continuing and Professional Education;
  • Paul Knox, University Distinguished Professor, School of Public and International Affairs;
  • Melissa Lubin, director, Virginia Tech Richmond Center;
  • Shane McCarty, graduate student, Department of Psychology;
  • Ignacio Moore, associate professor of biological sciences, College of Science;
  • Karen Roberto, professor of human development and director, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment;
  • Glenda Scales, associate dean for international programs, College of Engineering;
  • Ruth Waalkes, director, Center for the Arts; and
  • Robert Walters, vice president for research.

In addition, the search committee will be supported by the following individuals:

  • Jack Finney, associate provost for faculty affairs;
  • Leah, Richardson, director, Dual Career Program, Office of Human Resources and the Office of the Provost; and
  • Judy Taylor, administrative assistant, Office of the Provost.

The search committee welcomes nominations for the position. Please send nominations to: 210 Burruss Hall (0132) or email Mark McNamee. Applicants must apply online at the Jobs at Virginia Tech website, posting number 0111242. Applicants must complete a brief faculty application, attach a vitae, letter of interest, vision statement for leading outreach and international affairs, and names of at least three professional references.

For full consideration, all application materials should be received by Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.

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 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $494 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.