Philip Shafer Kronenberg of Reston, Va., professor at the Center for Public Administration and Policy in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech (National Capital Region), was conferred with the title "professor emeritus" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting June 12.

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 29 years, Kronenberg was co-founder in 1977 of the Center for Public Administration and Policy. A dedicated teacher, his recent honors include Virginia Tech 2005-2006 Outstanding Dissertation Advisor for the Social Sciences and 2006 Certificate for Excellence in Teaching Award of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. A prolific researcher, Kronenberg published four books in the national security and public management fields, and wrote many conference papers, book chapters, and articles in the areas of policy systems management, chaos and complexity theory, public policy processes, and homeland security. He was a member of several academic and professional editorial boards, including Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Journal of Political and Military Sociology, The Journal for Public Managers, and the International Journal of Public Administration.

Virginia Tech also benefited from Kronenberg’s numerous administrative contributions, including serving as president of the Faculty Association of Northern Virginia and chair of the Center for Public Administration and Policy Ph.D. Admission Committee and Ph.D. Steering Committee.

Kronenberg received his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University, a master’s degree from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the Virginia Tech faculty, he was a professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He served as a U.S. Air Force officer in the early 1960s.

The College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech is one of the largest colleges 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 and 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 among the largest universities 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 180 academic degree programs.