Alan E. Bayer of Blacksburg, Va., professor of sociology and director of the Center for Survey Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, was conferred with the title, “professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting August 28.

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 since 1982, Bayer made significant research contributions in the sociology of education. He published five books and more than 125 articles, chapters, and technical reports. He received his bachelor’s from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. Florida State University.

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