Tom Brown, former dean of students at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of dean of students emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.

Brown began his career at Virginia Tech in 1978 as a Virginia Cooperative Extension agent, working with the 4-H program in Albemarle County before returning to Blacksburg in 1985 to serve in Extension administration.

He went on to give leadership to student programs, alumni chapter support, and class reunion events for the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.

Brown joined Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Office in 1994 and ultimately became the dean of students for the university. Through his work, he led new student orientation programs, family programming, sexual assault education, and multicultural and international programs. He advised student organizations and represented Student Affairs on countless university committees.

Brown served on the Academic Deans’ Roundtable as a liaison to campus ministers, the chair of the Student Affairs Care Team, and a member of the university’s Threat Assessment Team. He also provided great care and compassion to many Hokies and their families, particularly in the days, weeks, and years following April 16, 2007.

Brown received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia.

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