Board of Directors

Board Member
Dr. Timothy D. Sands
Virginia Tech

Dr. Timothy D. Sands will became the 16th president of Virginia Tech on June 1, 2014. Since April 1, 2010, he has been the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at Purdue University. In that role, he is responsible for oversight of all Purdue colleges and schools, the regional campuses, and related academic activities in coordination with the Office of the President. Sands also oversees Purdue libraries, student services, and cultural centers.

Sands graduated with highest honors in engineering physics in 1980; received his master's degree in materials science and engineering in 1981; and completed a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering in 1984, all at the University of California, Berkeley. Following his studies at UC Berkeley, Sands worked as a member and director of a research group within Bell Communications Research Inc. (now called Telcordia) in New Jersey. After nine years, he returned to California and joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Sands arrived at Purdue in 2002 and was named the Basil S. Turner Professor of Engineering. In 2006, he was named director of Birck Nanotechnology Center. Sands has published more than 240 papers and has received 15 patents. He is co-inventor of a laser lift-off process that is used throughout the world in the making and manufacturing of high-performance blue and green LEDs. In 2009, he was named a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS).

Tim and his wife, Laura, are in the process of moving from West Lafayette, Ind., to Blacksburg, Va. Dr. Laura Sands is a professor of nursing at Purdue and will be a professor of gerontology at Virginia Tech . They have four children, all of whom attended Purdue.