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New Va. Tech President Described as 'Approachable'

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Courtesy: purdue.edu

Courtesy: purdue.edu

December 7, 2013

LARRY O'DELL
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech's new president is an engineer, an expert in nanotechnology and holder of 16 patents in optoelectronics.

Such a description might evoke the stereotype of a cubicle-dwelling introvert. But a longtime colleague of Timothy Sands says that's not the kind of person Virginia Tech is getting as its new leader.

David Williams is chairman of Purdue's University Senate. He describes Sands as personable, approachable and easy to be with. He also praises the 55-year-old Sands for his intellect and deep understanding of the issues facing higher education.

Sands, executive vice president and provost at Purdue, was named Virginia Tech's 16th president Friday.


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