Virginia Tech president Charles Steger announced this morning that he will step down. The Board of Visitors has initiated a search for a new school president, and Steger will remain until his replacement is found.
Steger has been school president since January 7, 2000. He is a 1969 graduate of Virginia Tech. He served as Tech’s president when the school made the transition from the Big East to the ACC back in 2003. He was also Chairman of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee in 2012, which created the new College Football Playoff that will be introduced in 2014.
Virginia Tech has grown by leaps and bounds under Steger. From the Roanoke Times…
Since becoming president in 2000, the university has increased its research portfolio by more than 300 percent, grown enrollment from 27,869 to 31,087, increased graduate enrollment increased 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 in athletics.
For more on Steger and his accomplishments, see this Roanoke Times article.
TechSideline will have a TSL Pass article later in the week discussing how Steger’s retirement could affect Virginia Tech athletics.