Director of Communications and Innovative Technologies
Originally, Bill Foy is from Richmond, Va. His previous experience is mostly in television, as he worked as a news director in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Richmond and Charlotte, N.C. As a graduate of Virginia Tech’s communication department, Foy said his appointment is a dream come true. The university has been a part of his life since he graduated.
“I want to bring leadership to the communication and marketing department of the Division of Student Affairs,” Foy said. “It’s a very talented department with a great staff, and I’m looking forward to providing leadership and raising awareness of the many important programs we offer to students and families.”
Dean of Pamplin College of Business
Sumichrast calls northwest Indiana home, but is also a part of Hokie Nation. After a stay at Tech where he taught in the management science department, Sumichrast served as a dean at Louisiana State University and University of Georgia in the Terry College of Business.
“I’d like us to raise the expectations of faculty students and alumni,” Sumichrast said. He also looks “to create a new degree program that improves the quality of existing programs. With new faculty, we will expand size of the college and we will improve facilities for instruction and research.”
Associate Dean for student affairs at Virginia Tech Carillion School of Medicine
Knight grew up between Maryland and Virginia, spending his childhood in Manchester, Md. and moving to Earlysville, Va. as a teen. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Bridgewater College and his doctorate at the University of Virginia. The majority of his career has been spent with Carilion in Roanoke, where he held various positions in graduate medical education prior to moving to the Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
“My goals are to contribute towards making VTC a highly sought-after medical school,” Knight said. “[I want to] make the academic environment at VTC a collaborative and supportive one, and to assist our students in achieving their career goals, including getting into the specialty and residency that they desire.”
Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering
Cox is originally from Marietta, Ga., but after living in Blacksburg for the past 26 years as a faculty member in the chemical engineering department, he considers Tech his home. Cox earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida.
“[My immediate goals are] to ensure that the chemical engineering department continues to offer the high-quality undergraduate education it is has long been known for,” Cox said. “Given our high enrollments, I want us to hire outstanding new faculty who can contribute to both our teaching and research missions.”
Dean of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Cyril Clarke brings several degrees and past titles from his post at Oregon State University to Tech. In 1981, Clarke received his veterinary degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He earned a Ph.D. in veterinary medical sciences from Louisiana State University in 1987. After gaining a master's degree in higher education from OSU in 2000, Clarke served as a faculty member, department head and associate dean at Oklahoma State University from 1987 to 2007 in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
“(I’m focusing on) expansion of research and scholarship, fully realizing the benefits of the partnership with Maryland and the University of Maryland and developing additional experiential opportunities for clinical education of veterinary students,” Clarke said.