Search for Vice President and Executive Director of the Innovation Campus

National Landing site for the innovation Campus

About the Role

"Thank you for your interest in Virginia Tech’s innovation campus. The inaugural Vice President and Executive Director will lead the university’s initiative to build an internationally recognized technology campus in the greater Washington D.C. region. The campus will be the preeminent magnet for technology talent, research, and innovation, building on Virginia Tech’s foundational strength as one of the nation’s largest and most respected STEM institutions. The innovation campus will connect Virginia Tech’s creative energy and research leadership with government, corporate, and philanthropic partners, serving as the centerpiece of Virginia’s unprecedented higher education initiative to meet the needs of the commonwealth’s growing technology economy, highlighted by Amazon’s HQ2."

- Tim Sands, Virginia Tech President

Search Committee

The search for the Vice President and Executive Director of the Innovation Campus will be chaired by Julie Ross, Dean of the College of Engineering. Additional members of the search committee include:

  • Cyril Clarke, Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Sylvester Johnson, Professor, Religion and Culture and Assistant Vice Provost for the Humanities
  • Ben Knapp, Director, Institute for Creativity Arts and Technology
  • Steve McKnight, Vice President, National Capital Region
  • Sally Morton, Dean, College of Science
  • Charlie Phlegar, Vice President for Advancement
  • Dwayne Pinkney, Senior Vice President of Operations and Administration
  • Naren Ramakrishnan, Professor, Computer Science (Arlington) and Director, Discovery Analytics Center
  • Cal Ribbens, Professor and Department Head, Computer Science
  • Brandy Salmon, Managing Director, Innovation Campus Delivery Team and Associate Vice President, Innovation and Partnerships
  • Don Taylor, Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation
  • Chris Yianilos, Executive Director of Government Relations

Cheryl Peterson, Executive Director of the Office of the President, and Amanda Lucas, Project Coordinator for the Office of the President, will serve as search committee staff.

Korn Ferry is the firm retained by the university to assist in this search.

Contact and Applications

A full description of the position is available here.  Please direct all applications and inquiries for the position to the search firm at the contact information below:

vt-vpedic@kornferry.com