A robust committee structure assures that Destination Areas and Strategic Growth Areas have the executive and faculty expertise to support the goals of the program.

Executive Leadership Committee

Thanassis Rikakis, Executive Vice President and Provost

Don Taylor, Vice Provost for Learning Systems Innovation and Effectiveness

Menah Pratt-Clarke, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity

Karen DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education

Jack Finney, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Rachel Holloway, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Theresa Mayer, Vice President for Research and Innovation

Patty Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs

Ken Smith, Vice Provost for Academic Resource Management

Stakeholder Committees

Destination Areas (DA) and Strategic Growth Area (SGA) are guided by stakeholder committees that include faculty and staff from across the university. The committees will develop innovative curricula, research projects, support networks, and competitive hiring strategies to foster transdisciplinary teams of faculty. A list of stakeholder committee members is available on each DA and SGA page.

Cross-Cutting Committees

Three cross-cutting committees are responsible for recruitment and hiring strategy, research strategy, and VT-shaped learning.

Cluster Operations and Hiring Committee

The role of the committee is to coordinate DA cluster hiring and advance inclusion and diversity throughout the hiring process. It develops promotion and tenure models for optimal administration among existing and future faculty.

The committee is co-chaired by:

Menah Pratt-Clarke, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity

Jack Finney, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Research Strategies Committee

The role of the committee is to assist DAs, colleges, and institutes to develop effective research strategies around Virginia Tech’s network of strengths.

The committee is chaired by:

Theresa Mayer, Vice President for Research and Innovation.

VT-Shaped Learning Committee

The role of the committee is to develop and coordinate the design of DA-related transdisciplinary curricula for undergraduate and graduate students.

The committee is co-chaired by: 

Karen DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education

Rachel Holloway, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Patty Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs

Don Taylor, Vice Provost for Learning Systems Innovation and Effectiveness