BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 13, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute has added a business manager, Bryan Ducote, who joins the institute with extensive experience in managing the business and fiscal affairs of both public and nonprofit organizations.
Ducote will head up operational functions for the institute including admissions, registration, office management, human resources, and finance.
"Bryan has experience in handling administrative and budget affairs for a multimillion-dollar organization as well as valuable experience in city and state governments," said Donald Back, the institute's director. "We are happy to have him in this newly created leadership role at a time of fast-paced growth for the Language and Culture Institute."
Ducote's experience includes serving as vice president of business affairs for a statewide organization in California that provided alternative educational, training, and employment-related services to seniors and people with disabilities. He also served in business manager or officer positions for the state of California and the cities of Chula Vista and Paramount.
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Ducote holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles as well as a bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College.
With classrooms in Blacksburg as well as in Falls Church, Va., the Virginia Tech Language and Culture Institute serves international students and others with language training. From five staff members five years ago, the institute now has 50, and office and classroom space has doubled. Student enrollment has grown 300 percent in the past year.
Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’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 Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research 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.