Changes underway at Tech
Moving ahead with its restructuring plans, Virginia Tech has created the temporarily named "New College" that will be comprised of most of the College of Human Sciences and Education and the liberal arts departments of the former College of Arts and Sciences. Administrators foresee that the New College will foster interaction between education and the humanities and human and social sciences. Departments in the New College will include foreign languages, English, history, music, philosophy, political science, sociology, theatre arts, interdisciplinary studies, communication studies, the ROTC programs, and all departments from the College of Human Sciences and Education, except for the Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise, which has moved to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
In addition, searches are underway for three dean positions for the New College, the newly created College of Science, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The College of Science, which evolved from the College of Arts and Sciences, is currently slated to house the departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, geological sciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. N. Gregory Brown, dean of the College of Natural Resources, has assumed the additional responsibilities of interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences until a replacement can be found for former dean, Andy Swiger, who retired on Jan. 1.