Elizabeth Tranter has been appointed associate vice president for research planning in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

In her new role, Beth Tranter will be responsible for research strategic planning, analysis, benchmarking and assessment of research initiatives, and leadership of special initiatives of the office in support of the research strategic plan and institutional long-range plan.

“Beth Tranter brings extensive knowledge of the research funding environment to the role and this new assignment will enable Virginia Tech to expand research opportunities on campus,” said Dennis Dean, interim vice president for research.

She will work closely with university researchers and funding partners to expand the university’s research portfolio and optimize the role of research in regional economic development. 

“The growth of Virginia Tech's research enterprise has led to exciting new opportunities to foster interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach with our government, industry, and community partners,” Tranter said. “I look forward to working with our faculty, staff, and students to keep that momentum going.”

Virginia Tech ranks in the top 5 percent of universities in the nation in the National Science Foundation's annual survey of higher education research expenditures. It is No. 23 among public research universities.

Tranter served as chief of staff in the Office of the Vice President for Research for seven years and previously worked as the administrative director for the Center for Power Electronics Systems. She has 10 years of  teaching experience at the University of Wisconsin and Indiana University.

She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Missouri and a master’s degree in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

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.

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