Braine to take
By David Nutter
Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 32 - June 5, 1997
David Braine, who has been athletic director at the university since 1988, has accepted the position of athletic director at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
President Paul Torgersen has released the following statement regarding Braine's departure:
"I know that I speak for the entire Virginia Tech community when I say that we are all saddened by the decision of Athletic Director David Braine to accept the AD position at Georgia Tech. Certainly we are all happy for Dave and his wife, Carole. I am hopeful he can do for Georgia Tech's program what he's done here at Virginia Tech.
Dave Braine helped raise Virginia Tech athletics to a new level. He gave leadership to Virginia Tech's admittance to the Big East football conference and Tech's participation in the Atlantic 10 conference for our other sports.
During his tenure, Virginia Tech participated in four straight football bowl games including two alliance bowl games. This year alone, Virginia Tech's program won nine Atlantic 10 conference championships and tied for the Big East title in football.
Because of his leadership, Virginia Tech is a national leader in efforts to provide equal opportunity for men's and women's athletic programs. Virginia Tech now ranks sixth in the nation among all universities in compliance with Title IX.
And most important of all, Dave Braine helped the Virginia Tech program achieve a balance between our pursuit of athletic achievement and academic merit. Today our student athletes graduate at a rate almost equal to the rest of the student body.
I know Dave Braine has a deep affection for Virginia Tech and the people who work here, but Georgia Tech made him a significant offer that was far in excess of what we can financially and fairly offer. We wish Dave and his family the very best success.
Sharon McCloskey will serve as interim athletic director. She has proved to be very competent and will do well during this transition period."