J. Dean O’Donnell of Blacksburg, associate professor of history in College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, was conferred the "associate professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board's quarterly meeting August 27.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1970, O’Donnell contributed to scholarly research through his authorship of a book, six articles, and 12 encyclopedia or dictionary entries related to French diplomatic or ecclesiastical history. He also served on committees of the American Catholic Historical Association and the French Colonial Historical Society. He also served as the faculty adviser to Virginia Tech’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society.

O’Donnell received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

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