BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 13, 2013 – Virginia Tech selected Rachel Holloway as vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs. She will begin in her new position on Sept. 10.
“I am very pleased that Rachel Holloway will be leading Virginia Tech’s undergraduate academic affairs,” said Mark McNamee, senior vice president and provost. “As a faculty member, department head, and associate dean, she has demonstrated her commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. Her experience and knowledge of Virginia Tech will facilitate the development of this redefined vice provost position. I look forward to working with Rachel and the other vice provosts on furthering the growth of our academic programs.”
Holloway will oversee the strategies, programs, and resources that support the undergraduate educational experience at Virginia Tech. In addition, she will work closely with college deans, associate deans, and other vice provosts to coordinate strategic initiatives to advance Virginia Tech’s undergraduate education profile.
“I look forward to this position where I can be an advocate for our more than 23,000 undergraduate students,” said Holloway. “It is an exciting time as we implement Virginia Tech’s new strategic plan. I look forward to collaborating with others across campus to achieve goals laid out for our undergraduates such as enhancing our current Curriculum for a Liberal Education, increasing access for students to the courses and programs they need to be more successful, and increasing students’ global perspective.”
Holloway will directly oversee areas that enhance the overall undergraduate experience such as academic support services, student success, University Studies, University Honors, First Year Experiences, undergraduate research, the Undergraduate Honor System, and the revision of the current Curriculum for Liberal Education.
Holloway has served on the faculty at Virginia Tech since 1989. She has progressed through academic administrative and leadership roles, having served as undergraduate program coordinator, assistant department head, and head of the Department of Communication before assuming her current position as associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
While director of undergraduate programs in the Department of Communication, Holloway received the 2002 Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising from Virginia Tech.
Holloway received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Morehead State University, and a master’s degree and doctoral degree in communication from Purdue University.
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 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $450 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.
As part of Virginia Tech’s strategic effort to enhance undergraduate education, the Office of Undergraduate Research was established in 2011. This office provides university-wide research, creative, and discovery opportunities for students by collaborating with colleges, departments, and the research institutes. In addition, external grants provide prospects for specialized programs.