Keith Moore has been named interim executive director of the Office of International Research, Education, and Development at Virginia Tech.

Moore succeeds recently retired Michael Bertelsen.

The office works to raise the standard of living in developing countries through projects on integrated pest and natural resource management, sustainable agriculture, capacity-building in education, and small business development. Most of these ventures are funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

With a research portfolio of more than $100 million, the office partners with 80 universities and institutions around the world.

Moore began his career at Virginia Tech in 1994 managing projects on natural resource management in West Africa and pest management in the Ukraine for what was then known as the Office of International Development. Since then, he has worked on projects throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Moore’s expertise is in agriculture — rural development policy, performance assessment, project monitoring and evaluation, conflict management, and gender issues.

"Keith Moore brings a wealth of relevant experience to this position," said Guru Ghosh, vice president for outreach and international affairs. "He has an intimate understanding of the pitfalls and opportunities that are present in the development landscape."

Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in political economy from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a master’s degree in rural development from The Hague, Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is fluent in French.

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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