The second candidate in the search for Virginia Tech’s new provost, Thanassis Rikakis, will speak on campus, Tuesday, April 28.

The candidate forum, at 2:30 p.m. in Assembly Hall at the Holtzman Alumni Center, is open to the campus community and will be followed by a reception in the Assembly Hall and adjacent foyer.

Rikakis currently serves as vice provost for design, arts and technology at Carnegie Mellon University. In that role, he fosters the growth of the existing synergies among design, arts and technology and to create opportunities for synergies.

Since his arrival at Carnegie Mellon in 2012, Rikakis has coordinated the development of the Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network, the Emerging Media Masters program, and the Integrative Media Program in New York.

In addition, he serves as a full professor in the Schools of Design and Music and holds a courtesy appointment in the Biomedical Engineering Department.  His research and creative work are in the areas of experiential media, mixed reality rehabilitation, interdisciplinary education and computer music.

Prior to his appointment at Carnegie Mellon, Rikakis held appointments at Arizona State University, Columbia University, and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.

The forum will also be live streamed on the Web at this link. In addition, the candidate presentation will be recorded and accessible on the provost search website by Thursday, April 30.  A Virginia Tech PID and password will be required to view the recording. After the candidate forum, you are invited to provide feedback on Rikakis via a web survey.

Rikakis’complete vita can be found at provost search website.

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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