Welcome from the Vice President for Student Affairs
A primary focus of Student Affairs is to foster community. Community allows one to feel a sense of belonging and connectedness, and these are essential precepts to deep and engaged learning. Because we know that learning can happen everywhere on-campus, both inside and outside the classroom, we cultivate and strengthen community so that students know they belong and matter.
We don’t just want students to survive, we want them to thrive. We want to optimize and maximize their potential. We want to do all we can to help them manifest their best selves. We don’t want students to just experience transactional learning—we want transformational learning to happen.
It is my privilege to lead approximately 3,600 faculty and staff in Student Affairs in creating programs, experiences, and services that enhance and complement the Virginia Tech educational experience. We involve many campus stakeholders because students learn all over this campus. We collaborate with others throughout the university to make the Hokie student experience as personally enlightening as it is academically rewarding.
With the Aspirations for Student Learning as our guide, and working from a strengths-based approach, teaching and learning involves all of us. It includes the continuing transformation of the campus culture and our own behavior, so that each of us in our daily habits does the right thing—for this university, this community, and the world in which we live.
As has been the case in the past, Virginia Tech’s students will be a primary driving force behind the advancement of these ideals on this campus. They have risen to the challenge and championed the Aspirations for Student Learning through the years, and I am fully confident they will continue to lead the charge. I look forward to this next leg in the journey towards becoming the kind of institution we only dreamed of a few years ago—one that cares for and provides for the whole student.
This is our opportunity. And with a strong vision, anything is possible.
Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs