Rob Glenn has been named director of the Virginia Tech Electric Service, effective Oct. 25.

Glenn will provide leadership and oversight for all operational activities within the Virginia Tech Electric Service (VTES), including supervision of the safety and maintenance of the VTES system to ensure maximum reliability and service for customers.

The VTES director manages an annual budget of approximately $34 million and operates in close collaboration with the Virginia Tech Facilities Department, the Town of Blacksburg, and local utility providers.

Glenn comes to VTES from RG Research, a project management firm he launched to provide executive leadership and change management consulting services for clients across a wide range of industries.

Prior to RG Research, Glenn served for over 16 years in the utility industry. As vice president and a corporate officer at Roanoke Gas Company, he oversaw three regional offices, 125 employees, and service delivery to 52,000 customers. Formerly, he served as director of marketing and customer service at Appalachian Power, where he directed sales, marketing, customer service, and energy engineering services for 160,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers.

Glenn is also highly involved in community organizations fostering economic development in the Roanoke and New River Valleys. He has served in board leadership positions in such organizations as the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board, and the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

“Rob’s demonstrated experience and leadership in the utility industry paired with his strong engagement in driving economic growth in the region will prove to be tremendous assets to VTES and its customers,” said Christopher H. Kiwus, associate vice president and chief facilities officer.

Glenn holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Lynchburg University.

For more than 125 years, VTES has delivered electricity to Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus. It also serves the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center and approximately 6,000 residential and commercial electric customers in the Town of Blacksburg. VTES functions as an auxiliary of the university and operates similarly to other electric utility organizations.

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