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Timothy Sands Named as New Virginia Tech President

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Blacksburg, VA - Virginia Tech names Dr. Timothy Sands to succeed President Charles Steger as the university's 16th president.

Prior to formerly introducing Sands Friday afternoon the

the Board of Visitors met with President Steger before making the unanimous vote to offer that contract.

A few minutes later, Doctor Sands received a warm welcome - before making comments and taking questions.

The former advanced materials research director holds 16 patents and is currently the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Friday marks the beginning of a six month transition period as Sands tries to figure out how to add on to the legacy left by president Steger.

"If I have to make, right now, a statement of where the biggest opportunity is that I think Virginia Tech is just now starting to exploit and that has to do with engaging with the rest of the world," said Sands.

Dr. Sands says the university is well placed to move deeper into that realm for the benefit of the university's future.

The 22 person search committee looked at 238 applicants before settling on Dr. Sands.

He begins his tenure on June 1st.


Blacksburg, VA – Timothy Sands has been named the new president of Virginia Tech.

On Friday the Board of Visitors voted unanimously to make Sands the 16th president.

Sands is the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Purdue University right now.

Sands succeeds President Charles W. Steger. 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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