Virginia Tech President Charles Steger will step down from the post he has held since 2000, once his successor begins work sometime next fall.
A search will begin immediately.
Steger has spent his entire career at the school, from undergrad to graduate degrees, becoming Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at age 33.
Under his tenure, Virginia Tech added forty major new buildings; among them, the soon to open Center for the Arts.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says the Commonwealth will forever be indebted to President Steger for his leadership and vision in transforming Virginia Tech into one of the leading research institutions in the nation. According to the National Science Foundation, it’s the only Virginia university ranked in the top fifty in the nation in sponsored research.