Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Blacksburg, Virginia


Virginia Tech, the leading research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, welcomes applications and nominations for the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS). The dean will join Virginia Tech at an exciting time in its history. The University has established distinction in numerous areas and seamlessly merges academic excellence across a range of fields with its founding land grant mission of service embodied in its motto, Ut Prosim, Latin for “That I May Serve.” With the recent establishment of a school of medicine, the successful completion of a capital campaign, the construction of several new buildings, including a stunning performing arts facility, and strategic initiatives to further develop health sciences and the arts at Virginia Tech, the next dean will have the opportunity to significantly expand on both the excellence of the university’s academics and the dedication to service that motivates it.

Established as part of a university-wide restructuring in 2003, CLAHS is currently Virginia Tech’s fourth-largest college, spanning disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, performing arts, human sciences, and education. The CLAHS community is linked by a shared goal to better understand and improve the human condition and to engage critically with the complexities of a diverse, global society. In recent years, the college has developed several initiatives around undergraduate research, diversity, and international partnerships and has played an integral role in advancing the university’s Arts Initiative to facilitate construction, hire faculty, and otherwise meet future needs to enhance learning and the creative process across the university.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost at Virginia Tech, the dean is the chief administrator of a college of 11 departments, 16 research centers, two schools, three ROTC programs, and an interdisciplinary doctoral program. Courses are taught by more than 530 members of the faculty. More than 4,700 students major in CLAHS disciplines. The dean manages a leadership team of four associate deans and oversees an annual budget of approximately $53 million.

Virginia Tech seeks an energetic leader, strategic thinker, relationship builder, and strong communicator who will advocate for the college and the important role it plays in the university’s research, outreach, and education missions.

A representative search committee has been convened to conduct the search and to recommend finalists to the provost and president of Virginia Tech. The university is assisted in the recruitment by the executive search firm, Isaacson, Miller. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence as noted at the end of this document.


Nominations and inquiries should be sent to:

Greg Esposito, Partner

Isaacson, Miller

Electronic applications strongly encouraged.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, veteran status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.