Senior Advisory Board Member
Dr. Charles W. Steger
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Charles Steger, Ph.D., FAIA is the 15th president of Virginia Tech, where he earned his bachelor and master's degrees in architecture and a Ph.D. in engineering. After working as a professional architect and planner, Steger's passion for teaching led him to return to Virginia Tech. He subsequently served as Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and then as vice president for development and university relations before being named president in 2000. Under his leadership, the university has charted a course to expand its research enterprise and establish Virginia Tech among the nation's top research universities. Among his most recent publications are book chapters on the topics of the business of education and the university presidency. He is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects. The New Century Technology Council awarded him its 2004 Compass Award for visionary thinking and leadership in information technology. He received the 2009 Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), District III, for outstanding leadership and service in support of education, and the 2010 Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).
Steger is chairman of the Virginia Council of Presidents and has been appointed by five Governors of Virginia to various boards dealing with higher education, homeland security, information technology and international education. He chairs the board of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority/Center for Innovative Technology. In addition, he serves on the board of the Jefferson Science Associates, which oversees the Jefferson National Lab, the board of the National Institute of Building Sciences and the board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. He is also vice president of the Council of Presidents and chair of the Executive Committee of the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) and a member of the Economic Club of Washington. Also, he is a member of the Steering Committee for the Council on Competitiveness U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative. He recently completed a term as chair of the Presidential Oversight Committee of the Bowl Championship Series and continues to represent the Atlantic Coast Conference on the committee.