Virginia Tech President Charles Steger has named James Bohland vice president and executive director for the National Capital Region.

“In recognition of the important role Jim plays in advancing the university’s three part mission in the national capital region, we have elevated his position to vice president immediately. Jim has a track record of success applying his strategic thinking to the 21st century university model,” said Steger.

“The growth of our research and teaching programs in the National Capital Region is benefiting from Jim’s high level leadership. He represents the president, provost, and executive vice president in positioning Virginia Tech for success,” said Mark McNamee, provost.

Bohland has served as executive director of Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region (NCR) operations since 2002. In this position, he works with the NCR senior management team to develop and implement new strategic directions and to help coordinate services and program initiatives for the university’s six sites in the region. He reports directly to the president, provost, and executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Virginia Tech. A full professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning Program, he is also director of the Institute for Community Health, a position he has held since 2000.

Virginia Tech has fostered a growing partnership with the greater metropolitan Washington D.C. community since 1969. Today, the university’s presence in the National Capital Region includes graduate programs and research centers in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Leesburg, Manassas, and Middleburg. In addition to supporting the university’s teaching and research mission, Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region has established collaborations with local and federal agencies, businesses, and other institutions of higher education. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.