Roger Avery, professor of virology at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.
Avery first came to Virginia Tech in 1999 to serve as senior associate dean in the Graduate School. In 2005, he was named senior associate dean of research and graduate studies in the veterinary college. He directed the activities of a graduate education program that enrolled nearly 100 students seeking master's and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical and veterinary sciences.
In addition to his work as a senior administrator, Avery made significant contributions to the profession of veterinary medicine through his work in virology throughout his career.
As a member of the faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Avery taught undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and helped them develop successful careers in the private sector, academia, government, and industry.
Avery received a First Class Honors Degree in biochemistry from the University of Leeds, UK, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry and microbiology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.