Two interim appointments named by Judicial Affairs Office

Frances Babb Keene, of Christiansburg, will move into the role of judicial affairs’ acting director. She was formerly assistant director of judicial affairs.

Heather Rush, of Blacksburg, will move into the role of judicial affairs’ acting assistant director.

Keene has served for the past year as assistant director of judicial affairs and previously served in that office as victim services adjudication coordinator. "Her creativity and commitment to the educational mission of Virginia Tech have been instrumental in expanding our programs and services to the Virginia Tech community," said Edward F. D. Spencer, assistant vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech.

"I am thrilled about the interim appointment," Keene said. "Our office is responsible for all non-academic student misconduct, and I hope to continue to oversee the equitable and consistent administration of the campus judicial system. During my time as interim director, I hope to expand our outreach efforts to better inform students on the judicial process as well as improve our services to assist students who receive judicial referrals." Keene received her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and received her master’s from the University of Virginia.

Rush joined the Office of Judicial Affairs as the coordinator of educational programs last year. "She took our ability to provide students with educational sanctions to a whole new level," Spencer said.

Rush received her bachelor’s at Georgia Southern University and her master’s from the University of Georgia.

The University Judicial System affects and applies to all currently enrolled students and to all registered student organizations. Its major purpose is to help create a fair, just, and disciplined university community. The University Judicial System supports the educational mission of the university by educating students about appropriate behavior and by fostering a community in which academic success can occur.

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, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.