Thomas R. McAnge of Blacksburg, assistant professor of agricultural and extension education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Virginia Cooperative Extension specialist at Virginia Tech, was conferred the title, "assistant professor emeritus" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board's quarterly meeting March 26.

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 1976, McAnge served as an assistant director of Extension from 1990 to 1995 when he supervised the organization’s computing operation. He provided state-of-the-art expertise in information technology and computing to Virginia Cooperative Extension.

McAnge is known nationally for his expertise in information technology related to Extension activities and served on many local, regional, and national committees related to Cooperative Extension and computing. He also led the development of a web-based planning and reporting system for Virginia Cooperative Extension and served as Virginia Tech representative to the national electronic “Journal of Extension” for many years.

He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Virginia Tech.

Nationally ranked among the top research institutions of its kind, Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences focuses on the science and business of living systems through learning, discovery, and engagement. The college’s comprehensive curriculum gives more than 2,200 students in a dozen academic departments a balanced education that ranges from food and fiber production to economics to human health. Students learn from the world’s leading agricultural scientists, who bring the latest science and technology into the classroom. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.