A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1977, Wokutch is regarded for his research on social issues in management and business ethics including such topics as child labor and sweatshop labor, the international management of corporate social responsibility, whistle-blowing, and socially responsible investing.
A member of the Department of Psychology since 1975, Clum’s scholarship specialized in clinical science research and his research in the areas of anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide were internationally recognized.
Among her many accomplishments, Kennelly expanded collection efforts to better document the undocumented and underdocumented communities, individuals, and events that are part of Virginia Tech’s history.
Research expenditures are up and sponsored awards have increased by 15 percent, building upon the prior year’s expenditure total of $542 million, despite the impact of COVID-19 felt nationally by higher education institutes, according to preliminary fiscal year-end reports.
By the time James Leslie Whitehurst Jr. graduated in 1963, he’d broken the color barrier in the residence halls, dining halls, and on the dance floor at the traditional Ring Dance. He’d also go on to become the first Black member of Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors in 1970.
Among the actions taken, the board approved a resolution to demolish Femoyer Hall, a 35,500-gross-square-foot facility constructed in 1949. In addition, board members toured the new Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC research facility in Roanoke, the Virginia Tech School of Medicine, and new dairy facilities at Kentland Farm.
During the three-day meeting, board members will receive reports on the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia, the planning for the sesquicentennial celebration in 2022, new Title IX regulations, and the current state of university fundraising and the research enterprise.
Filz, the Charles E. Via Jr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of Charles E. Via Jr. Professor Emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
With Thursday's action, the residence hall at 570 Washington Street, SW (formerly known as Lee Hall) is named for the late Janie and William Hoge, a local African American couple. The residence hall at 240 Kent Street (formerly known as Barringer Hall) is named in honor of James Leslie Whitehurst Jr. ’63.
In addition to approving resolutions to rename two residence halls, the Executive Committee also approved a resolution advancing new or revised policies necessary to comply with new Title IX regulations.
In open session, the Executive Committee will consider a resolution to update the Student Code of Conduct and university policies to incorporate the new Title IX regulations that go into effect Aug. 14.
Kaufman, a professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, is president of the Faculty Senate. Smith, who has been at Tech since 1988 and is business operations specialist with the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions, is president of the Staff Senate.
The school supersedes the university’s already award-winning Department of Communication, which has graduated more than 6,000 specialists in public relations, communication studies, and multimedia journalism.