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First Female Leader of Virginia Tech Board

June 30, 2014 | By admin

Members of Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors unanimously voted Debbie Petrine as its first female rector. She will replace Rector Mike Quillen of Bristol and will take her seat on July 2, 2014.

Ms. Petrine started her career as a typist and secretary in the 1970s and worked her way through the university. In an interview, she said, “To be able to be a part of such a great university, and to be able to go back and serve, and in some small way to affect the direction, it’s just a great honor.”

Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed Ms. Petrine to the Tech board in 2011 and she has chaired its finance and audit subcommittee, served as vice rector and was vice chairwoman of the presidential search committee.

The cost of education at Virginia Tech is a priority of the new rector. Together with Board President Timothy Sands, Ms. Petrine will face not only the challenges of keeping tuition under control with flat state support, but may have to adapt to a possible state government shutdown.



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