Michael Stowe has been named communications director for Virginia Tech News, the university's news and information service for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader community.

In his new position, Stowe will oversee the daily operations of all Virginia Tech News products, including written and multimedia content and the university’s social media accounts. He will also serve as the primary editor on the stories, news releases and announcements written by communicators who work in departments and colleges across the university.

Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Stowe worked at The Roanoke Times for more than 20 years. As managing editor during his last seven years, Stowe helped lead the newsroom through a tremendous amount of change as The Roanoke Times worked to grow its digital news products. 

Under Stowe’s leadership, The Roanoke Times earned the Virginia Press Association’s top honor, the Award for Journalistic Integrity and  Community Service, three times.  Stowe has served on the board and as an officer of the Virginia Press Association and on the board of the Virginia Coalition of Open Government.

Stowe, who lives in Blacksburg with his wife and two teenage daughters, started at The Roanoke Times in 1992 as a reporter. He left to work as an editor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1995 but returned to The Roanoke Times 18 months later. His other positions at the paper included copy editor, metro editor, New River Valley editor, sports editor and assistant managing editor for visuals.

Stowe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth 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 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 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.