Heather Riley Chadwick of Blacksburg, Va., has been named communications manager for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. Previously, she served as the marketing and communications manager for Virginia Tech’s Office of Student Programs.

In her new position, Chadwick will lead developing strategic communications and marketing programs that support the college’s goals. She also is responsible for news writing, information campaigns, and publications for the college.

Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Chadwick was a free-lance graphic designer and editor for cultural and educational institutions in Atlanta, including the Chattahoochee Nature Center and the Art Institute of Atlanta; the publications manager for the Atlanta History Center; a columnist for the Buckhead newspaper; a public relations assistant for Peachtree Publishers, an Atlanta book publisher; and an editorial assistant at Athens Magazine, the regional magazine of Athens, Ga. A native of Blacksburg, Chadwick received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and attended the University of Denver Publishing Institute.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is one of the largest of its type in the nation. The college is composed of two schools and the departments of landscape architecture, building construction, and art and art history. The School of Architecture + Design includes programs in architecture, industrial design and interior design. The School of Public and International Affairs includes programs in urban affairs and planning, public administration and policy, and government and international affairs. The college enrolls more than 2,000 students offering 22 degrees programs taught by 160 faculty members.

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, 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 170 academic degree programs.