Gregory M. Canaday has been named associate director of facilities operations/director of housekeeping at Virginia Tech.

In this role, Canaday manages a team of more than 100 housekeepers who are responsible for cleaning 5 million square feet of academic and administrative space at Virginia Tech. He is also responsible for the operational and financial affairs of the unit and oversees contracts with outside vendors to clean 1.2 million square feet of university and leased space.

The Radford, Virginia, native has spent 20 years as a teacher and administrator for various schools in the New River Valley. Most recently, he spent 10 years as the principal at Eastern Elementary/Middle School in Giles County. From 2004-2006, Canaday worked as the assistant principal and athletic director at Giles High School in Giles County.

In addition to overseeing an instructional program, Canaday has also managed budgets and a diverse workforce of teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, office staff, cafeteria staff, and custodial staff. As a principal, he also gained experience managing facilities and working with contracted laborers. During his career with Giles County Public Schools, he has also worked as a custodian and housekeeper.

He and his wife Meg reside in Pembroke, Virginia, with their three children (Tyler, Caden, and Addisyn).

Canaday has a bachelor’s degree in K-12 physical education and a master’s degree in educational leadership, both from Radford University.

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