The plan includes guidelines for initial and ongoing screening and testing of students and employees, cooperation with local health department contact-tracing investigations, and effective case management within the university population should an employee or student become infected.
During the virtual town hall, President Tim Sands was joined by Dwayne Pinkney, senior vice president and chief business officer, and Bryan Garey, vice president for human resources, to discuss employee issues and answer questions.
Kiwus, who has served as Virginia Tech’s associate vice president and chief facilities officer since 2014, will focus on the care of Virginia Tech’s campuses in Blacksburg, Roanoke, and the greater Washington, D.C., metro area; research and agricultural facilities throughout the commonwealth; and the Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.
The Virginia Tech Police Department is committed to participating in ongoing discussions with members of our community. As a department, we will also continue to engage our employees in and explore additional education and training opportunities around recognizing implicit bias, effective communications, and de-escalation.
Sallade was a dedicated member of the Virginia Tech Facilities Department grounds beautification team who took great care in helping to maintain the treasured flower beds, plant life, lawns, and trees on the Virginia Tech campus.
Reflecting the uncertainty of the full impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on university resources, the preliminary budget for 2020-21 will be based on the current 2019-20 base operating budget, adjusted to include revenue contingencies and a 5 percent budget reduction in the university budget.
If approved by the full board at its June 2 meeting, tuition will remain at $11,420 annually for Virginia undergraduate students for the third consecutive year. Tuition for nonresident students will remain at $29,960.
The university is currently partnering with multiple strategic suppliers to place bulk orders of disposable daily wear masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant to have on hand for university community members who may need them by mid to late summer and into the fall.
Under supervision of the university arborist, both damaged trees were removed. Upon inspection, the arborist determined the white oak suffered previously existing structural issues and root loss that contributed to the tree’s failure.
University leaders are reviewing operational strategies to protect public health on campus, with a goal of resuming in-person instruction and experiential learning opportunities for the fall semester. Leaders are considering the strategies as the university prepares for an expected June 8 announcement on fall semester plans.
Led by the university arborist, long-term efforts were underway to preserve the historical site where the Merry Oak is located and to celebrate the tree, which had suffered substantial structural problems due to old age.
This network of nearly 125 students, faculty, and staff from across operations, academics and research, and community representatives continues to be highly engaged in moving the revision process forward – in a fully virtual environment.