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Mon May 7, 2018, 11:41 AM

Charles Steger, president who ushered Virginia Tech through tragedy, growth dies at 70

Charles Steger, president who ushered Virginia Tech through tragedy, growth dies at 70

The Roanoke Times May 7, 2018 Updated 2 hrs ago

Virginia Tech President Emeritus Charles William Steger Jr. died Sunday evening at his home, the university announced today. ... Steger was president during historic highs and lows - from unprecedented growth to Tech's entrance to the Atlantic Coast Conference to the 2007 campus shootings. ... Steger served as the university’s 15th president from 2000 to 2014.
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During Steger’s presidential tenure, Virginia Tech grew in enrollment from 28,000 to 31,000, increased graduate enrollment by 12 percent, raised more than $1 billion in private funding, formed a school of biomedical engineering, created a public-private school of medicine, and constructed the Moss Arts Center and the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington as part of the largest building boom in university history.

Under his leadership, Virginia Tech charted a course to become a top research university; a year after his retirement, the university’s research expenditures ranked 39th in the nation. During his presidency, Virginia Tech increased its total research expenditures from $192 million to more than $450 million, according to the release.

A Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, Steger earned three Virginia Tech degrees: a bachelor's degree in 1970 and a master's degree in 1971, both in architecture; and a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and engineering in 1978. He left a private-sector career in 1976 to pursue his passion for teaching at Virginia Tech.

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