Jason P. Soileau, assistant director of planning, design, and construction at Louisiana State University (LSU), has been named assistant vice president for the Office of University Planning at Virginia Tech. Soileau will begin his new position Aug. 20.

The Office of University Planning was recently established at Virginia Tech as the result of the merger of the offices of Real Estate Management and the University Architect.

Reporting to the associate vice president and chief facilities officer, Soileau will provide leadership in matters of campus aesthetics and the preservation of Virginia Tech’s architectural heritage. He will work with senior administrators in strategic planning, long range physical planning and development, and development of the capital outlay program for the university.

He will also have a secondary reporting line to the vice president for administrative services and will serve as the university planner, coordinating efforts to assure that facility and space needs are being met, and ensuring that the direction of capital project program planning is integrated with long range physic planning.

“The Virginia Tech community takes tremendous pride in our beautiful campus -- its distinguished Hokie Stone architecture and its picturesque landscape,” said Sherwood Wilson, vice president for administrative services. “Jason’s experience and knowledge of effective landscape and building design practices will help preserve our existing resources while ensuring future campus growth adds to the beauty and functionality that already exists.”

As the assistant director of LSU’s Office of Planning, Design, and Construction in Baton Rouge, La., Soileau oversaw the development and growth of the campus infrastructure through planning and technical professional design principals.

Soileau received his bachelor’s degree from the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State, and is a licensed landscape architect in Louisiana. He received his Master of Public Administration from LSU with a concentration in environmental management. He worked in private practice until being employed by LSU in 2002.

He is a member of the Society of University and Campus Planner, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and recently the Mid-South Transportation and Parking Association. Soileau served as the chair of LSU’s Campus Committee for Sustainability.

Soileau and his wife Delin have three children.

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.