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Previous Leadership Lunches

Leadership Lunch, October 31, 2019, Tracy Vosburgh, Senior Associate Vice President for University Relations

Leadership Lunch, December 2, 2019, Lisa Lee, Associate VP Scholarly Integrity Research Compliance, Office of the VP for Research & Innovation

Leadership Lunch, February 11, 2020, Brandy Salmon, Associate Vice President for Innovation and Partnerships

Leadership Lunch, March 17, 2020, a special edition leadership on faculty mentoring, co-hosted by the VT Women's Alliance and Caucus Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty Committee

Leadership Lunch,  Tuesday, October 2, 2018, Dr. Jill Sible, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, discussed her background and role. 

Leadership Lunch, Thursday, November 29, 2018, Dr. Ellen Plummer, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Administration, April Myers, Associate Director of Governance, Deyu Hu, CEOD representative for the Asian and Asian American Caucus, and Dr. Diane Zahm, past president of the faculty senate, discussed university governance.

Leadership Lunch, Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Dr. Kim Niewolny and Dr. Korine Kolivras discussed their involvement with Destination Areas.

Leadership Lunch, Monday, April 29, 2019, Dr. Kathy Krendl, president emerita of Otterbein University, shared her experience and perspectives on academic leadership.

Leadership Lunch, Thursday, September 28, 2017, Dr. Rachel Holloway discussed her background, how she arrived in her current role, and her experiences at various levels in her career at Virginia Tech.

Leadership Lunch, Thursday, November 30, 2017, A panel of current and former journal editors reflected on their experiences during their time as journal editors and what came to them because of those experiences. Panelists: Joyce Arditti, Professor, Human Development; Linda Dahlgren, Associate Professor, Large Animal Clinical Sciences; and Lydia Patton, Associate Professor, Philosophy.

Leadership Lunch, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Peggy Layne, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development, presented the 2017 COACHE survey's Faculty Worklife findings.

Leadership Lunch, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Dean Julie Ross discussed her background and the path of her career leading her to Virginia Tech's College of Engineering.

Leadership Lunch, Tuesday, September 26, 2016, Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke discussed her background and how she arrived in her current role along with her ongoing vision for diversity and inclusion.

Leadership Lunch, Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Dr. Theresa Mayer discussed her career path and work related to the Destination Areas as well as her vision for research and innovation.

Leadership Lunch, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Dean Sally Morton shared her top ten insights on leadership in academia. 

Leadership Lunch, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Women Department Heads Nancy McGeheeDonna Riley, and Jacqueline Bixler discussed their backgrounds and current roles, significant challenges and triumphs, best and most challenging aspects of their jobs, and what advice they can share to those aspiring to a similar position. 

Leadership Lunch, Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Dr. Roseanne Foti, Associate Professor of Psychology, discussed research on women and leadership.

Leadership Lunch, Wednesday, November 4, 2015, Dr. Barbara Ryder, J. Byron Maupin Professor of Engineering and former Department Head, Computer Science, discussed her career path and efforts to increase participation of women in computer science.

Leadership Lunch, Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Dr. Elizabeth Spiller, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Leadership Lunch, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Dr. Karen Roberto, University Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment.

Leadership Lunch, Monday, September 22, 2014,  Dr. Lucila Vargas, Director, Latino Journalism and Media at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her interest in critical pedagogies and the politics of the classroom led her to edit “Women Faculty of Color in the White Classroom: Narratives on the Pedagogical Implications of Teacher Diversity” (2002). 

Leadership Lunch, Thursday, October 2, 2014, Dr. Rodica Baranescu, professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois Chicago. An expert in diesel engines and spent many years in industry before moving to academia.

Leadership Lunch, Monday, October 20, 2014, Drs. Robin PannetonSonia Hirt, and France Belanger discussed their experiences as Fullbright fellows.

Leadership Lunch, Thursday, February 26, 2015, Dr. Valerie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine for the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, discussed her career path and the participation of women in leadership roles in veterinary medicine.


Leadership Lunch, Monday, September 23, 2013, Assistant Provost for Faculty Development Peggy Layne presented an overview of the latest COACHE survey results.

Leadership Lunch, Thursday, November 14, 2013, Carol A. Mullen, recently named to lead Virginia Tech's School of Education, shared how she arrived at her current role and her vision for the School.

Leadership Lunch, Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Rachel Holloway, vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, discussed her career path and current position.

Leadership Lunch, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Assistant provosts Amy Hogan and Peggy Layne discussed their responsibilities in the provost's office.

Leadership Lunch, October 11, 2012, University Legal Counsel Kay Heidbreder shared perspectives from her career at Virginia Tech.

Leadership Lunch, November 29, 2012, Panel of women department heads discussed challenges and rewards of their positions. Speakers included Stephanie Adams (Engineering Education), Anju Seth (Management), and Patty Raun (Department of Theatre and Cinema).

Leadership Lunch, February 19, 2013, Vice President for Development and University Relations Betsy Flanagan shared perspectives from her career in business and higher education.

Leadership Lunch, April 17, 2013, Patricia Dove, C.P. Miles Professor of Science in the Department of Geosciences and 2013 Virginia Scientist of the Year, shared observations and insights on science, leadership, and persistence.

Leadership Lunch, October 19, 2011, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs Jack Finney

Leadership Lunch, November 29, 2011, Dr. Mary Leigh Wolfe and Dr. Karen Eley Sanders discuss pros and cons of interim leadership appointments

Leadership Lunch, February 23, 2012, Panel with Associate Deans Susan Sumner (College of Agriculture & Life Sciences), Jill Sible (College of Science), and Rosemary Blieszner (The Graduate School). 

Leadership Lunch, April 2, 2012, Dr. Diana Bilimoria, KeyBank Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University and Co-PI of their ADVANCE program, author of Gender Equity in Science and Engineering: Advancing Change in Higher Education.

Leadership Lunch, October 21, 2010, Panel of women department heads

Leadership Lunch, November 18, 2010, Associate Vice President for Research Bill Knocke

Leadership Lunch, February 14, 2011, Panel discussion with faculty and administrators who have held rotator positions and/or served as fellows at federal agencies

Leadership Lunch, April 6, 2011, Cynda Johnson, Dean, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Leadership Lunch, October 5, 2009, Dr. Paul Torgersen, President Emeritus, Virginia Tech

Leadership Lunch, October 27, 2009, Dr. Cynda Johnson, Founding Dean, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Leadership Lunch, November 17, 2009, Dr. Roop Mahajan, Director of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science

Leadership Lunch, February 2, 2010, Panel of women faculty members discussed how taking on leadership roles in professional societies has impacted their careers. Speakers included Sue Tolin, Mary Leigh Wolfe, Nancy Ross, and Rosemary Blieszner.

Leadership Lunch, April 22, 2010, Associate Provost Pat Hyer

Leadership Lunch, September 25, 2008, Provost and AdvanceVT PI Mark McNamee

Leadership Lunch, October 17, 2008, Charlotte Borst, former Provost, Rhodes College

Leadership Lunch, November 18, 2008, Peggy Meszaros, Director of the Center for Information Technology Impacts on Children, Youth, and Families and Professor of Human Development

Leadership Lunch, February 19, 2009, Associate Deans Jennifer Hodgson, Glenda Scales, Debra Stoudt, and Nancy Ross

Leadership Lunch, October 24, 2007, Bob Walters, Vice President for Research

Leadership Lunch, November 13, 2007, Sue Ott Rowlands, Dean, CLAHS

Leadership Lunch, January 22, 2008, Associate Deans Anne McNabb, Mary Marchant, and Bev Watford

Leadership Lunch, February 25, 2008, Panel discussion with female department heads Beate Schmittmann, Rachel Holloway, and Beth Grabau

Leadership Lunch, January 23, 2007, Karen DePauw, Dean, Graduate School

Leadership Lunch, February 22, 2007, Research Center Directors Dennis Dean and Karen Roberto

Leadership Lunch, October 14, 2005, Brad Fenwick, Vice President for Research

Leadership Lunch, February 24, 2006, Sharon Quisenberry, Dean, CALS, and Ed Henneke, Associate Dean, COE

Leadership Lunch, March 17, 2006, Department Heads and Research Center Directors Jack Finney, Ishwar Puri, Valerie Hardcastle, and Elaine Scott