Christina McIntyre, associate director of University Honors, has been selected to serve as interim director of the program.

McIntyre has served in University Honors since 2007. Her major responsibilities in the program include advising students and coordinating applications to major national scholarships such as Goldwater, Udall, Truman, and Rhodes as well as Fulbright grants for undergraduate and graduate students. She received Virginia Tech’s 2012 Provost Award for Excellence in Advising.

Prior to her role in University Honors, she held various roles – including undergraduate coordinator and assistant department head – in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences beginning in 1995.

“With her tenure at the university and extensive leadership experience with the University Honors program, I am confident that Christina will seamlessly lead this transition and continue to support our students, faculty, and staff who are connected to this program,” said Rachel Holloway, vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs.

“I am honored to serve in the role of interim director for the coming year as the university takes the time to identify a new director. I am greatly appreciative of the confidence so many have expressed and the faculty offers of support,” McIntyre said. “University Honors is looking forward to an exciting year providing ongoing support and new opportunities for students to continue to create a world class education for themselves here at Virginia Tech.”

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost will begin its work for a new director over the upcoming academic year.

Terry Papillon served as director of University Honors since 2009. A professor of classics, Papillon has been a member of the Virginia Tech community since 1992. This spring, he announced he would leave Virginia Tech to serve as dean of the college at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

“Terry has helped University Honors grow and evolve under his leadership, while forming close connections with its students,” Holloway said. “We wish him well as he moves onto a new leadership opportunity at University of the South.”

McIntyre received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Virginia Tech.

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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