Virginia Tech's Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement will host the fifth offering of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center June 3 through 8. New to this year's faculty: Lee T. Todd Jr., former president of the University of Kentucky.

During Todd's 10-year tenure ending in 2011, student enrollment grew more than 11 percent, the university's budget increased from $1.2 billion to $2.7 billion and research spending increased from $212 million to $367 million. 

Todd is active in national efforts to improve math and science education in U.S. schools and to enhance America's economy through university innovations. He serves as chair of the Advisory Board for the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Education and Human Resources Committee. He is immediate past chair of the board of directors for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and served as chair of the APLU Science Math Teacher Imperative.

"We are thrilled to be adding Lee Todd to our impressive list of 2012 Engagement Academy faculty," said Jeri Childers, a Fellow with the Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement. "He will bring a unique perspective to the Academy and decades' worth of valuable experiences." 

Todd joins a world-renowned faculty team including Judith Ramaley.  Ramaley is the founding executive-in-residence and has been leading this dynamic discussion with over 150 university leaders from over 120 universities for the last four years.

The award winning Engagement Academy for University Leaders combines classroom experiences with hands-on project work to benefit each participant's institution and sphere of work.  Participants attend from universities across the country. Nominations are now being accepted. For more information about the Engagement Academy, contact Jeri Childers at 540-231-9497.

Virginia Tech's Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement plays an important role in developing educational conferences and programs that match university expertise to outside audiences. The center was established in 1994 to foster economic and workforce development with special emphasis on executive education initiatives that connect university research to the needs of Virginia's leaders, organizations, and communities through conferences, workshops, and seminars.

Written by Alissa Vandeventer Floyd.