Robert E. James, professor of dairy science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
A member of the university community since 1974, James served the dairy industry of Virginia and the nation as an Extension specialist, contributed to scientific and Extension education literature, and served as Extension project leader for dairy science.
He taught applied dairy nutrition to undergraduate students, mentored graduate students, and fostered their growth and development for successful careers in industry and academia. He served as the faculty advisor to the Dairy Club and was co-coach of Virginia Tech’s Dairy Challenge Team. James was also instrumental in helping relocate the dairy to Kentland Farm.
During his career, James was honored with a Virginia Tech Certificate of Teaching Excellence in 2009, a Cady Award for distinguished service from the Professional Dairy Heifer Growers Association in 2003, and an Honors Award - Southern Branch from the American Dairy Science Association in 1999.
James received his bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware and a master's degree and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.