Virginia Tech president stepping down
Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger announced Tuesday he is stepping down. The university’s board of visitors will assemble a search committee immediately. Steger will remain as president until his replacement begins work.
Steger became Virginia Tech’s president in 2000. Since then, the university has increased it research portfolio by more than 300 percent, grown enrollment from 27,869 to 31,087, increased graduate enrollment by 12 percent, raised more than $1 billion in private funding, added more than 2.5 million square feet of buildings, formed a school of biomedical engineering, created a school of medicine, and joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Virginia Tech Massacre occurred during Steger’s tenure. In 2007, a student shot and killed 32 people before committing suicide. Steger was criticized for delaying alerting the campus community of the first two shootings.
Early in his career, Steger was the youngest dean of architecture in the nation assuming the head post in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies at age 33. He was then vice president for development and university relations.