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Alumni VP candidates announced

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 25 - March 23, 1995

The search for a vice president for alumni relations to succeed Buddy Russell, who retired March 1, has been under way for several months. Charles Steger, chair of the search committee, has announced that three candidates have been invited to campus to interview for the position.

The candidates, in order of their interviews, are:

Mary Virginia Jones, who was interviewed March 20. An active alumna who received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award in 1992, Jones has served on the Board of Visitors and is currently on the Alumni Board and the College of Engineering's Committee of 100.

Jones received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1962 and went on to earn an M.S. in mechanical engineering at George Washington University in 1972. A professional engineer, Jones has held several positions at Atlantic Research Corporation in Gainesville, Virginia, and is currently the director of program and engineering support.

Thomas C. Tillar Jr. interviewed Wednesday, March 22. Tillar has spent his entire career at Virginia Tech. Since 1991, he has served as director of alumni relations. Before that, he was director of annual giving and associate alumni director for 11 years. He has also held posts in development and student affairs. Tillar's three degrees are from Virginia Tech: B.S. in biology, 1970; M.A. in education, 1973; and Ed.D. in administrative and educational services, 1978.

John T. Rice will interview Monday, March 27. President of Virginia Tech's Class of 1961, Rice earned his B.S. in sociology here and received his M.A. in sociology from the University of Tennessee in 1963.

He was awarded the doctor of humane letters from both the Virginia Theological Seminary and St. Augustine's College in 1985. His career has been in the field of education. For 10 years, he was president of St. Mary's College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is currently the executive director/director of development for the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education Foundation.

Each candidate makes a short presentation on the day of their interview. Rice's presentation will be at 11 a.m. in the Donaldson Brown Center on the role of an alumni association in a university setting. The presentation is open to the university community, and anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

Notebooks containing complete resumes and interview schedules for all of the candidates have been distributed to vice presidents' and deans' offices as well as to the Student Government Association and Faculty Senate. These notebooks are available for review by anyone who is interested.

Evaluation forms have been provided to these offices to enable members of the university community to communicate opinions of the candidates to the search committee. Comments may also be sent to OROURKEK@vtvm1. Individual responses will be kept confidential and must be received by 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 28.