James H. Yauger, professor of practice in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction at Virginia Tech, has been named Pulte Homes Professor of Practice in Building Construction by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Pulte Homes Professorship was established in 2003 by a gift from Pulte Homes to help with the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty members. Yauger will hold the professorship for two years.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2013, Yauger was the regional manager and project executive at DPR Construction, Inc. During his 19 years with the company, he progressed from project engineer to president of Faulkner Construction Co.

As president of Faulkner Construction Company, Yauger was responsible for all operations within the company, including program management, administration, and corporate development. He participated in construction projects from inception through completion, acting primarily as operations manager and client liaison.

Yauger has vast experience in the commercial building industry as well as professional organizations. He is well versed in legal and legislative issues affecting the industry on local, state, and national levels.

From 1987 to 1988, Yauger served as president of the Austin, Texas chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America. He has served on numerous AGC committees, as well as local boards and commissions concerned with planning, construction design, and development codes and standards. He was appointed to the Active/Associate Relations- Commercial Building Industry Council (CBIC), Legislative Committee, and the Student Chapter Coordinating Committee of the Austin Chapter AGC.

Yauger served as a state director of the Texas Building Branch/Associated General Contractors of America. He also served on the national level, as a member of both the Collective Bargaining and the Building Codes and Permits Committees of the AGC.

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction is housed jointly in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering

Yauger received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M.

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