Truman Capone, professor of art and director of the School of Visual Arts in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members 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 1980, Capone provided effective leadership as director of the School of Visual Arts, as head of the Department of Art and Art History, as program chair of the Visual Communication Design Program, as founder and senior creative director of the Visual Design Studio, and as director of the Collaborative for Creative Technologies in the Arts and Design.

In addition, he was instrumental in establishing the first graduate program in the School of Visual Arts, the Master of Fine Arts degree in creative technologies.

Capone also established an internship program that integrated corporate alumni networking, which helped students in the design program achieve their career goals and gain employment through alumni professional and corporate affiliate contacts across the nation.

He was a member of the Southeastern College Art Conference, American Advertising Federation, College Art Association, American Institute of Graphic Arts, National Collage Society, International Society of Collage and Assemblage Artists, and Phi Kappa Phi.

As a working artist, Capone exhibited works in 2D and 3D montage, digital collage, painting, jewelry, and sculpture in more than 75 national and international art shows. His works are held in permanent museum collections in France, Germany, Mexico, and New Zealand.

Capone received his bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, and a M.F.A from Radford University.