Christopher Flynn, director of the Counseling and Career Services Center at Loyola University New Orleans, has been named director of the Cook Counseling Center effective Sept. 11.

In his new position, Flynn will provide leadership for the center that provides short term and crisis intervention counseling and psychiatric services to Virginia Tech's 26,000 students. He will supervise and provide administrative and clinical oversight to a staff of approximately 23 psychologists, professional counselors, pre-doctoral psychology interns, nurse practitioners, and administrative staff. He also will work collaboratively with members of the university community to address emerging student needs, campus climate issues, and to develop innovative and responsive programs and services.

Since 1989, Flynn was director of Loyola University's Counseling and Career Services Center and oversaw the delivery of psychological and career services to 3,800 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. From 1984 to 1989, he was a clinical psychologist at Boston College, and served in the same capacity at Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville, Md. in 1983 and 1984.

For the past two years, Flynn has been clinical participant in the National Football League's Substance Abuse Program. He is a member of the American Psychological Association; the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors; and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Flynn received a bachelor's degree from Clark University, a master's degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Ph.D. from the University of Miami.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech is the most comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is among the top research universities in the nation. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to quality, innovation, and results through teaching, research, and outreach activities. 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 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.