Justin Grimes has been named assistant director for the Graduate School Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion.  Prior to joining at Virginia Tech, he served in different roles at the University of Central Oklahoma; University of Oklahoma; Temple University; the University of Georgia; and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Grimes is passionate about marginalization and socialization of graduate students, mentorship for staff members and students of color, and research on motivation. He has presented both regionally and nationally on professional development, leadership in higher education, and mentoring students and professionals in elementary, secondary, and higher education fields.

“It’s a privilege and honor to be learning and working at an institution that provides many opportunities and services for individuals passionate about graduate education,” Grimes said. “I am excited about our recruitment efforts and our work to support students earning degrees and certificates in our graduate programs.”  

Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw said that Grimes has experience working in graduate education, particularly with underrepresented students and as a mentor. “The graduate school is very fortunate that we were able to have him join us," DePauw said. "We are delighted.”

Grimes holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s degree in workforce development education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He also holds a Ph.D. in counseling and student personnel services from the University of Georgia. 

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