Carolyn Harris has been named director of academic advising for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech.

In her new position, Harris will provide academic advising support to more than 1,600 undergraduate students in the college's four schools and assist in identifying goals and objectives for student success. She will also provide leadership and support for the college's other academic advisors and faculty advisors. 

“As director of academic advising, Carolyn will play a crucially important role in our college. She will be part of our leadership team, not only in student advising, but also in recruitment, retention, and enrollment management as well as faculty affairs and administration,” said Jack Davis, Reynolds Metals Professor of Architecture and dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Harris brings 23 years of experience as a higher education professional to her new position. Before coming to Virginia Tech, Harris was senior division administrative coordinator of the Division of Architecture + Design at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Harris received her bachelor's degree from Rhode Island College. She expects to complete a Master of Education degree in higher education administration from Northeastern University next year.