William Huckle, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named associate dean and director of interdisciplinary graduate education in the Graduate School.

Huckle oversees the Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Programs (IGEP) and the Individual Interdisciplinary Doctoral program, known as the IPhD, for the Graduate School. In addition, he serves as an instructor for transformative graduate education courses, such as Citizen Scholar Engagement.

"We are delighted to have Dr. Huckle join the Graduate School as an associate dean," said Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen DePauw.

 “I am truly pleased to become a part of Dean DePauw’s team at the Graduate School,” said Huckle. “I welcome this new opportunity to help advance Virginia Tech’s efforts in graduate education and to foster a wider appreciation of the quality and diversity of graduate-level scholarship here. The development of our interdisciplinary programs, where Virginia Tech has been in the vanguard among its institutional peers, has yielded a rich environment for students and has engaged faculty to channel their creative energies in novel and productive directions.”

Huckle’s research focuses on development, diseases, and repair of the cardiovascular system.

He has been active in graduate curriculum design and delivery, student recruitment and admissions, and program governance in his home college as well as in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Science, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, and with the Virginia Tech Faculty of Health Sciences. His previous involvement in university governance includes chairing the Commission on Research and the Committee on Degree Requirements, Standards, Criteria, and Academic Policies, and service on several policy-writing task forces.

Prior to joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 1999, Huckle was a research scientist at Merck & Company Inc., working in cardiovascular and cancer drug discovery. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and performed post-doctoral research in cancer cell biology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.