Martin P. Daniel, director of operations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will join the administrative team in the Office of the Vice President for Research at Virginia Tech as associate vice president for research operations effective July 1, 2012.

The position will provide operational leadership for activities including financial management, information technology oversight, and human resource administration within the Office of the Vice President for Research. The associate vice president facilitates the activities of organized research programs, institutes and centers of the university at all levels and of the institution as a whole through leading the migration of key operational processes to electronic research administration formats.

“Martin’s administrative experience in financial operations, human resources, and facilities management will be a valuable asset in this position, as we position ourselves to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future,” said Vice President for Research Robert Walters. “In his years in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Martin has used his operational expertise to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and the overall success of research organizations and individual faculty.”

"While the faculty are clearly the engine behind research growth, strategic management of operational challenges can be key to facilitating their success," said Daniel. "I look forward to working with the leadership team that Bob has in place, and to identifying ways in which I can contribute to the research mission of our faculty, staff, and students within the university."

Daniel, who joined Virginia Tech in 1992, has served as director of operations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences since 2005. His career at Virginia Tech has included positions in in Human Resources and a one-year appointment in the Office of the Executive Vice President, to assist with executive administration during state budget reductions. In these capacities, he has worked with numerous campus offices from information technology to internal audit.

Daniel holds a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Tech, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Queen Mary College, University of London, England.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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