Virginia Tech has begun an international search for a new vice president for the National Capital Region.

Virginia Tech’s operations in the National Capital Region advance the university’s tripartite mission focused on education, research, and outreach. The research and discovery efforts of Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region are linked with regional graduate education and outreach programs and are major contributors to the university's strategic research areas of excellence.

The vice president serves as an advisor to the president and provost in establishing both strategic directions and significant initiatives in research and education on behalf of Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region, and works with a variety of stakeholders including senior administrators in Blacksburg, academic deans, and leaders in government, industry, and academia in the National Capital Region. 

In addition, the vice president oversees the operations of the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington providing programmatic leadership and operational management for the research facility in Arlington.

Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee will chair the search committee. Members of the search committee are:

  • Richard Benson, dean, College of Engineering
  • James Bohland, interim vice president and executive director, National Capital Region Operations; professor emeritus, School of Public and International Affairs
  • Charles Clancy, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering; director, Hume Center
  • Parviz Ghandforoush, professor, business information technology; director, masters of business administration and masters of information technology programs
  • Kathleen Hancock, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering
  • Derek Hyra, associate professor, urban affairs and planning
  • Thomas McNamara, chief executive officer, Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation
  • Afroze Mohammed, associate director of Strategic Alliances, Office of Economic Development
  • Karen Roberto, professor, director, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment
  • Kevin Sullivan, associate vice president and general counsel, Virginia Tech Foundation
  • Kenneth Wong, associate dean of the Graduate School; director, Northern Virginia Center
  • Christopher Yianilos, director of federal relations, National Capital Region

The search committee welcomes nominations for the position. Please send nominations to: Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, Virginia Tech, 210 Burruss Hall (0132), 800 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061 or email Mark McNamee.

Applicants must apply online at, posting number AP0130117. Applicants must complete a brief faculty application, attach a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, vision statement for leading Virginia Tech’s efforts in the National Capital Region, and names and contact information for at least three professional references.

For full consideration, all application materials should be received by Friday, August 30.

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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