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New President Selected At Virginia Tech

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Timothy Sands has been named the 16th president of Virginia Tech, succeeding President Charles W. Steger.
    
Tech's Board of Visitors approved the hiring of the Purdue University provost Friday.
    
In June, Steger announced he was stepping down after 14 years at the helm of the Blacksburg university. He agreed to stay until his successor was named.
    
Steger was thrust into the national spotlight on April 16, 2007, when a student-gunman killed 32 students on the Tech campus in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Gunman Seung-Hui Cho killed himself after the rampage.
    
During his tenure, Tech increased its enrollment, saw its research portfolio grow by more than 300 percent, and established a school of biomedical engineering and created a school of medicine.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech's new president is an engineer, an expert in nanotechnology and holder of 16 patents in optoelectronics.
    
Such a description might evoke the stereotype of a cubicle-dwelling introvert. But a longtime colleague of Timothy Sands says that's not the kind of person Virginia Tech is getting as its new leader.
    
David Williams is chairman of Purdue's University Senate. He describes Sands as personable, approachable and easy to be with. He also praises the 55-year-old Sands for his intellect and deep understanding of the issues facing higher education.
    
Sands, executive vice president and provost at Purdue, was named Virginia Tech's 16th president Friday.

 

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