Brian J. Cook, professor of public administration and policy in the School of Public and International Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies 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 in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2008, Cook made significant contributions to the field of public administration and constitutionalism through his work on public administration in American political development and the politics of public policy design and implementation.

He has written four books, 30 journal articles and book chapters, and 16 journal editorials and held leadership positions in his professional organizations, including his service as editor-in-chief of the journal, Administration and Society. He has also served as a policy analyst providing research design and data analysis to federal agencies, local governments, and not-for-profit organizations.

At Virginia Tech, Cook served as program chair in the Center for Public Administration and Policy from 2010 to 2014, and again this past academic year.

In the classroom, Cook has taught a wide variety of graduate courses ranging across the public administration and policy curriculum. He advised many students on master's degree and doctoral dissertations, helping those students develop successful careers in both academic and public service settings.

Cook received his bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.