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Obituary - Thomas Miller Jenkins, 70

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 18 - January 25, 1996

Thomas Miller Jenkins, 70, an associate director of Undergraduate Admissions, died Dec. 24, 1995, in Montgomery County Regional Hospital. Jenkins had a long and distinguished career in higher education. He had served as president of two institutions--Albany State College in Albany, Georgia, and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He had been vice president and associate vice chancellor at Georgia State University in Atlanta and the University of Illinois at Chicago, respectively. He had also served as dean of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A graduate of West Virginia State College, Jenkins came to Virginia Tech in September 1991. During his tenure with the university, he was instrumental in developing a recruitment plan that focuses on both economically disadvantaged and African-American applicants. He was tireless in his efforts to reach out to young people and convince them of the importance of pursuing a college education. Tech students, prospective students, parents, educators, ministers, members of the community and colleagues all knew him as a man of charm and warmth, as well as an educator and administrator who cared deeply about students and their futures.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1:30 p.m., in the Memorial Chapel.