Editor's note: This story was updated to include the link where you can watch a live-streamed broadcast of Keith Whitfield's presentation as well as the link where a recorded video of the forum will be available to the university community.

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 17, 2015 – The first candidate in the search for Virginia Tech’s new provost, Keith Whitfield, will speak on campus, Tuesday, April 21.

The candidate forum, at 2:30 p.m. in The Inn at Virginia Tech's Latham Ballroom C, is open to the campus community.

“I am very pleased that we are making quick but solid progress in our search for the next university chief academic officer. We are still fine tuning our short list and we expect to bring two or three more candidates to campus before May’s commencement,” said President Tim Sands. 

Scheduling is still underway for the other candidates and will be announced as soon as possible.

Whitfield currently is the vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University. At Duke, he also holds appointments as director of the Center for Behavioral Health Disparities Research; professor of psychology and neuroscience; research professor of medicine, Duke University Medical Center; and Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.

Prior to beginning his work at Duke in 2007, Whitfield held appointments at Pennsylvania State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and McNeese State University.

The forum will also be live streamed on the Web at this link. In addition, the candidate presentation will be recorded and accessible on the provost search website by Thursday, April 23.  A Virginia Tech PID and password will be required to view the recording.

At the conclusion of the candidate forum at approximately 3:15 p.m., the university is hosting a reception also at Latham C Ballroom.

Whitfield’s complete vita can be found at http://www.vt.edu/provostsearch/

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