Feride Daku of Blacksburg, budget manager in the Office of Budget and Financial Planning at Virginia Tech, has been named the university’s director of finance and administration for the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education.
In her new position, Daku will provide leadership for the budgetary and human resource operations for the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education and its 16 constituent departments. Specific responsibilities include budget development, communication, implementation, and evaluation; salary and operating budget adjustments; management of pooled salaries and position allocations; allocation of graduate assistantships and tuition payments; oversight of contracts, grants, and their related cost sharing commitments and overhead allocations, and management of fixed assets.
In addition, she will also oversee budget allocations to all constituent departments, coordinate and evaluate requests for resources, and assist directors and the vice president in addressing financial issues within each unit.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1996, Daku was a supervisor in Residential and Dining Programs from 1996 to 1999. She held the positions of budget analyst, senior budget analyst, and budget manager in the Office of Budget and Financial Planning from 2001 to 2010.
Daku received her Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Tech and is currently working to complete a Ph.D. in the university’s Higher Education Administration program. She also received two bachelor’s degrees from the Agricultural University of Tirana in Albania.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.