BLACKSBURG, Va., May 14, 2012 – The G.E.R.M.A.N. Club, Virginia Tech’s oldest non-Greek fraternal organization, has bestowed honorary membership upon Vice President for Student Affairs Edward Spencer in recognition of his years of service to the university and its students.
Club member John Waters III of Chapin, S.C., a senior majoring in industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering, said regular membership can be difficult to come by, and honorary memberships are handed out even less frequently.
However, the acronym G.E.R.M.A.N. is comprised of several traits — gentlemen, earnestness, reputation and responsibility, manhood, aim, and name — and Waters said that Spencer is deserving of honorary membership because he exemplifies all of them.
“He’s been called the students’ vice president, and our members feel that way as well,” said Waters. “We felt he really portrays how we feel about our values. We really identify with Dr. Spencer and the kind of man he is.”
The honorary membership comes at a time when students may be giving more thought to the role of vice president for student affairs — last year Spencer announced his retirement, effective June 30, after nearly 30 years at Virginia Tech.
Spencer arrived at Virginia Tech in January of 1983, when he was named director of housing and residence life. Following that, he continued his work in student affairs as director of residential and dining programs, assistant vice president for student affairs, associate vice president for student affairs, and finally vice president for student affairs.
As vice president, he provides leadership and oversight to the 15 departments in the Division of Student Affairs, which encompasses the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center, Career Services, Cook Counseling Center, Corps of Cadets, Cranwell International Center, Dean of Students office, Dining Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Housing and Residence Life, Multicultural Programs and Services, Recreational Sports, Schiffert Health Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, Student Centers and Activities, and Student Conduct.
Some of Spencer’s significant accomplishments at Virginia Tech include
The Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech encompasses departments dedicated to providing a rich co-curricular experience and essential student services. Virtually every aspect of a student's life outside the classroom is represented through the division's departments.
Written by Jennifer Gibson.