Beatrice T. Mahan, formerly of Blacksburg and former associate vice president for budget and financial planning at Virginia Tech, was conferred with the title "associate vice president emerita" 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 community for 26 years, Mahan served with dedication and diligence as associate vice president for budget and financial planning, director of budget development, and assistant director of institutional research. She provided leadership for numerous university-wide activities such as the development and administration of the annual faculty review process, the establishment of the annual tuition and fees rates and revenue budgets, and the development of the faculty compensation plan. She also was instrumental in developing university funding proposals and she was the successful recipient of external resources for numerous university initiatives such as the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, and the expansion of the Equipment Trust Fund program.

Mahan served and represented the university on various commissions and committees, including the Commission on Administrative and Professional Faculty Affairs and the Finance Advisory Committee to the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Tech.

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.