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Search committee announced for vice president of Outreach and International Affairs


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 24, 2012 – Virginia Tech has announced the search committee for a new vice president for Outreach and International Affairs.

Following the appointment of John E. Dooley as the chief executive officer of the Virginia Tech Foundation earlier this year, Virginia Tech appointed Jerome Niles, dean emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, as interim vice president for Outreach and International Affairs. At this time, a search committee has been appointed to find a new vice president for this organization.

Outreach and International Affairs is a vibrant, dynamic, and diverse organization with a singular mission: to share the best of Virginia Tech by working side by side with communities locally and throughout the world. The work of Outreach and International Affairs is central to Virginia Tech’s engagement mission. Its institutes and centers create community partnerships and economic development projects, offer continuing and professional education programs, and build collaborations to enrich discovery and learning, all with the overarching goal of improving quality of life.

Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech's presence on five continents; its regional centers focus on research, graduate education, and professional development; Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to community-based student engagement, language and cultural experiences, policy and governance, economic development, and continuing education.

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

  • Maggie Appel-Schumacher, undergraduate student (foreign languages and literatures, German), College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • Mike Bertelsen, associate director, Office of International Research, Education, and Development
  • Christine Fiori, director of professional and academic outreach, 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
  • Ben Knapp, director, Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology
  • Don Leo, vice president and executive director, National Capital Region Operations
  • Melissa Lubin, director, Virginia Tech Richmond Center
  • Ignacio Moore, associate professor of biological sciences, College of Science
  • John Provo, director, Office of Economic Development
  • Karen Roberto, director, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment
  • Glenda Scales, associate dean for international programs, College of Engineering
  • David Thornblad, graduate student (management), Pamplin College of Business

The search committee welcomes nominations for the position. Please email nominations to Mark McNamee, or via campus mail, 210 Burruss Hall (0132).

The position description and application process will be announced in early November 2012 and will be available through the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost website.

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 $496 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.