Richard Salmon, professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 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 1972, Salmon’s research and publications in the field of school finance has had, and continues to have, a profound impact on public PK-12 school funding in the United States. He is widely recognized as an eminent scholar and expert in fiscal equity, adequacy, and capacity and often served as a consultant and witness in federal and state litigation over school funding reform.

He taught thousands of master’s and doctoral students who now hold leadership positions in PK-12 school systems, professorships in universities, and positions in departments and ministries of education in Virginia, the United States, and other nations. He successfully directed the doctoral studies of scores of students and served as a member of hundreds of students’ doctoral advisory committees.

Salmon received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ed.D. from the University of Florida.