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Lisa Wilkes named associate vice president for administration

October 12, 2015

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Lisa Wilkes, Virginia Tech’s assistant vice president for business services, has been named associate vice president for administration effective today.

In her new assignment, Wilkes will oversee several functional areas within human resources to further improve services and support to university employees. Those administrative areas include Human Resources Operations, University Organizational and Professional Development, and Equity and Access. 

Wilkes will retain  responsibility for her current administrative areas, including Air Transportation, Alternative Transportation, Fleet Services, Mail Services, Parking and Transportation, Printing Services, Information Technology for Administrative Services, and Business Operations Management Consulting.

Hal Irvin, who had led Human Resources since 2008, recently accepted a position at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute to support the growth of the university’s health sciences initiative.

“In response to the increasingly diverse and dynamic needs of our university, we want to provide additional help and support to our employees as our university becomes a global leader in higher education,” said Sherwood G. Wilson, vice president for administration. “Lisa has tremendous experience at Virginia Tech, supporting institutional growth in many ways. She will help us take that next step forward."

Wilkes began her career at Virginia Tech as a graduate student intern in 1995. She has held multiple positions during her 20 year tenure with the university, including: 

  • assistant to the executive vice president and chief operating officer
  • manager of leadership development and administrative services
  • chief of staff to the executive vice president and chief operating officer
  • assistant vice president for administration and chief of staff to the executive vice president and chief operating officer
  • assistant vice president for administration and transitional operations
  • and assistant vice president for finance

She has been in her current role as the assistant vice president for business services since 2012. In this role, she is charged with oversight for eight university departments with more than 100 employees and a combined annual budget of more than $29 million.

At Virginia Tech, Wilkes has served on multiple committees, some of which include the Optional Retirement Plan Oversight Committee, Commission on Staff Policies and Affairs, A/P Faculty Task Force, and University Strategic Plan Committee.  

She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Radford University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

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