BLACKSBURG, Va., April 2, 2013 – Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee has announced the appointment of Guru Ghosh as vice president for Outreach and International Affairs.
Ghosh, who has been Virginia Tech’s associate vice president for international affairs since 2011, will begin his appointment as vice president on April 25.
Following the appointment of John E. Dooley as the chief executive officer of the Virginia Tech Foundation last year, Virginia Tech appointed Jerome Niles as the interim vice president for Outreach and International Affairs. Last fall, a search committee was formed and began the work of finding the next vice president.
"Guru Ghosh has proven to be a positive and results-oriented leader in his role of associate vice president for international affairs, and I am pleased that he will bring his wealth of experience to leading all of Outreach and International Affairs," said McNamee. “As global interdependence and the changing needs of society play prominent roles in our university's A Plan for a New Horizon, the opportunities for this division are of great importance to us. Dr. Ghosh joins a passionate and accomplished team of leaders, faculty, and staff, and I look forward to working with him to enhance the programs and reach of the university in these important areas."
“Dating to my days as an international student in America, I've wanted to help with a university's global agenda and engagement efforts,” said Ghosh. "This position will allow me to be even more effective in advancing Virginia Tech's goals. The goals are ambitious -- to do ever more important engagement work, statewide and internationally, and demonstrate our land-grant commitment and values to the world.”
Ghosh has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education administration across units with responsibilities in international programs, residential life, admissions, student activities, extended education, civic engagement, student retention initiatives, multicultural affairs, and international student services. He has held service positions on boards for organizations supporting international education initiatives, and has been an active participant in university governance and service roles since joining Virginia Tech in 2011.
At Virginia Tech, he has worked to establish the Virginia Tech, India campus; to expose more faculty members to international research and engagement work; and to create more robust student experiences in places where Virginia Tech has an international presence.
He holds a Ph.D. in educational policy, planning and leadership from the College of William and Mary, a master's degree in student personnel administration in higher education from Ball State University, and a bachelor's degree in international business from Marycrest College.
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.
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.