Charles W. Steger '69
A Hokie's Farewell
When one is totally absorbed in doing what one loves, 14 years pass in an instant. Serving as the 15th president of Virginia Tech has been the most demanding and yet the most exhilarating and fulfilling experience of my life. Years ago, I left a career in the private sector to pursue my passion for teaching and my profound belief in the transformative power of education. It was the right decision. Together with a tremendous faculty and staff, we now have achieved most of the goals that I set out in my inauguration speech in 2000, and we have also seized opportunities to advance the strategic goals of the university.
Last month, I shared with the university Board of Visitors my plans to step down as president. The board has started the search process; I will continue to serve as president until my successor begins work.
Patricia M. Dove
Into the Academy
During the past year, geoscientist Patricia Dove (agronomy '80, M.S. geological sciences '84), who was recruited back to Virginia Tech as a faculty member 13 years ago, has received multiple honors for her research into the formation of biological minerals. In a virtual landslide of recognition, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, named a 2013 Virginia Scientist of the Year, and awarded the Dana Medal from the Mineralogical Society of America. In June, she was named a University Distinguished Professor, a rank bestowed on no more than 1 percent of Virginia Tech faculty whose scholarly attainments have attracted national and international recognition.