David Ford, Virginia Tech's vice president and dean for undergraduate education, has announced the appointment of Mildred Rigney Johnson as director of undergraduate admissions, effective Nov. 1.

Johnson has served in Virginia Tech Admissions since 1995 and currently is its interim director. “Mildred has served with distinction for more than a decade in this very important department most recently as its senior associate director. She is quite active in her profession and understands well the higher education landscape throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Mildred has played a significant part in the university’s success in garnering highly qualified applicants to the university,” said Ford.

As the senior associate director, Johnson has given leadership to several programs to bolster student quality and diversity. The fall 2008 class experienced a 7 percent increase in freshman applications, increased minority applications, and the highest freshman grade point average on record.

Formerly of Danville, Va., Johnson has a 25-plus year career in college admissions and higher education. Prior to joining Virginia Tech she was assistant director of academic advising at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition, Johnson worked as associate director of admissions at Longwood University and Gardner-Webb University, as well as assistant director of admissions at Averett University.

Johnson was recently elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the College Board. She has served in leadership capacities for both the Virginia and the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree from Averett University and a master’s degree from Radford University.