Dwyn Taylor has been named assistant vice president for facilities operations and construction at Virginia Tech. He will begin in his new position June 20.
Taylor will oversee building operations, maintenance and grounds (including the quarry), housekeeping, utilities (including Virginia Tech Electric Service and the Central Steam Plant), site infrastructure and development, architectural/engineering design services, geographic information systems, and construction. He will report to the associate vice president and chief facilities officer.
"The Ut Prosim philosophy at Virginia Tech is a direct parallel to my heritage and my own life of service in and out of the military," Taylor said.
Taylor comes to Virginia Tech from Jacksonville, Florida, where he spent five years working in the private sector in the design, engineering, and construction industry. Most recently, he was the chief operating officer for G.M. Hill Engineering Inc. Prior to that position, he worked as a vice president (Commercial Group, Government Division) at Stellar Group, Inc. from 2011-2015.
Before his time in the corporate sector, Taylor spent 27 years in the United States Navy, from 1984 to 2011. He served in a variety of roles in duty assignments around the globe with an emphasis on Navy facilities maintenance, operations, and construction.
Taylor began his naval career as a surface warfare officer assigned as the missile ordnance officer on USS DALE (CG-19). Following that assignment which included a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea in 1986, he was selected for lateral transfer into the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps. In the 24 years that followed, he served in various duty stations and assignments across the country and overseas, ultimately achieving the rank of captain.
Taylor is particularly proud of his service in the "Navy Seabees" which included assignment as commanding officer of U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FORTY. He also served as the operations officer for the Navy's global headquarters for Navy Seabees where he orchestrated the planning and operational distribution of the 16,000-person Naval Construction Force around the globe including Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism.
During his career in the Navy Taylor earned several medals and ribbons, including two Legion of Merit medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, and four Navy Achievement medals.
Taylor received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas. He has also completed Duke University's Fuqua School of Business management program.