John J. Ney, formerly of Blacksburg, Va., and now of Minocqua, Wis., and Naples, Fla., was conferred with the title " professor emeritus" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting Nov. 7. Ney recently retired as professor of fisheries and wildlife science in the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech.
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 faculty since 1976, Ney received numerous teaching awards and was a dedicated teacher of fish and fisheries ecology courses from the sophomore to advanced graduate level. In addition, he sustained a research program focused on reservoir fisheries ecology and management, and contributed to the field of trophic economics. He authored 88 technical publications and 90 professional presentations during his career. He received the American Fisheries Society’s meritorious service award and was elected in to the National Fisheries Hall of Excellence in 2004.
Ney received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
The College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech consistently ranks among the top five programs of its kind in the nation. Faculty members stress both the technical and human elements of natural resources and instill in students a sense of stewardship and land-use ethics. Areas of studies include environmental resource management, fisheries and wildlife sciences, forestry, geospatial and environmental analysis, natural resource recreation, urban forestry, wood science and forest products, geography, and international development.
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 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.