Judith H. Jones, of Blacksburg, Va., interim director of Virginia Cooperative extension and associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, was conferred with the title "associate director emerita of Extension administration" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s summer meeting June 7.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians and exceptional staff members who have given exemplary service to the university and who are specially recommended to the Board of Visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the Board of Visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the University.

A member of the Virginia Tech staff for 25 years, Jones provided excellent service in various administrative roles including director of Federal Grant Programs; associate director of Disabled Student Services and Title IX for Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action; director of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action; associate vice provost of the Extension Division; and associate director of the Virginia Cooperative Extension. She has served as a consultant and teacher for numerous private and public employers on personnel management, team building, effective communications, leadership, affirmative action and diversity, ADA compliance, consensus decision-making, and conflict management. Jones is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the American Association for Affirmative Action, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Delta Kappa. In addition, she is past president of the Journal of Extension Board of Directors and has served on many regional and national Extension committees. Jones received her bachelor’s degree from Radford University, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities, and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg, and other campus centers in northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.