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Goree named dean of students

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 08 - October 13, 1994

Tom Goodale, vice president for student affairs, announced today the appointment of Cathryn T. Goree of Mississippi State University as Virginia Tech's new dean of students. Her appointment becomes effective Jan. 9, 1995.

Goree, who is 44, replaces Beverly Sgro, who left the university to become secretary of education for the commonwealth of Virginia in January of this year.

In making the announcement, Goodale said, "Cathryn Goree brings to Virginia Tech a broad and comprehensive experience in working with students at a sister land-grant school. She has an outstanding record of scholarship, has been an active faculty member, and will provide ongoing leadership for all students here."

Goree's responsibilities at Mississippi State, where she has been since 1987, have included associate director of the Office of Admissions, assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Educational Psychology, and more recently, director for the Center for Alcohol and Drug Education.

"I am really excited to be coming to Virginia Tech. The Division of Student Affairs is highly regarded nationwide. I am thrilled to be joining the university" she said.

Goree says she sees a number of roles to be filled at Virginia Tech, but expanding upon priorities laid out by Goodale, her chief role will be as an advocate of the students.

Goree has successfully secured more than $200,000 in federal grant money for substance-abuse prevention at Mississippi State, and for work in developing a comprehensive history of women at Mississippi State University. She has been a member of the review team for grants for the U.S. Department of Education, and chaired efforts to develop a comprehensive program at Mississippi State for sexual-assault and substance-abuse programs and policies.

Goree holds a Ph.D. from Mississippi State, as well as a master's of social studies in Latin American history from the same institution. She earned her bachelor of arts with high honors in German from the University of Texas at Austin.