From the Dean – October 2016

Dear Colleagues,Alan Grant, dean

The university’s annual reception for faculty members who were promoted this year was held on Sept. 1. I was pleased to join the celebration and to congratulate the many faculty members who were awarded tenure and/or promoted in 2016. The complete list of university-wide faculty can be found here. When you have an opportunity, please congratulate and thank these faculty members for their outstanding achievements.

I am delighted that Tom Thompson, head of the crop and soil environmental sciences department, has accepted our offer to be the next associate dean and director of international programs for the college. Tom will transition into this new role on Nov. 1 and will provide leadership to strategies that will enhance the college’s international programs.

Orientation for new faculty was held on Sept. 28 at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Many new faculty members were welcomed to the college. Among them are many new extension agents, as well as eight new tenure-track faculty members who have appointments across teaching, research, and Extension and who specialize in areas of growth for the college. Please welcome all of the new faculty members to the college.

Finally, I hope you had the opportunity to listen to President Sands’ State of the University Address on Friday, Sept. 30 during which he reflected on the university’s accomplishments and his vision for its future. I encourage you to view it online if you were unable to livestream it or attend in person.

Best wishes to everyone for a great fall season.


Alan Grant


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