Dean of Students
James T. (Tom) Brown has been a Hokie for over 42 years. As a member of the Class of '75, he earned a BS in Horticulture. He received his masters in education from The University of Virginia in 1983, and subsequently pursued post-masters work at Virginia Tech.
He has worked for Virginia Tech for 38 years, beginning as an Extension Agent, working with the 4-H Program in Albemarle County for seven years. In 1985, he returned to Blacksburg and worked for Extension Administration. Then he completed a seven-year stint with the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, giving leadership to student programs, alumni chapter support, and class reunion events.
Brown joined the Division of Student Affairs and the Dean of Students Office in May of 1994. While serving as Assistant Dean and Associate Dean, he has given leadership to orientation programs, parent programming, sexual assault education, multicultural programs, including the university Cultural Centers, advised student organizations, and represented the department on countless university committees.
He is currently our Dean of Students. In this role, he gives leadership to advocacy and emergency response programs for students. He provides oversight for the Dean's Staff Team, Intercultural Engagement Center, and the Cranwell International Center. These three departments comprise the Advocacy Unit for the Division of Student Affairs, as well as oversight for campus climate concerns. In addition, he serves as a consultant for faculty and staff members seeking support and advice while working with distressed students. His focus when working with students is to empower them to make their own decisions and resolve their own concerns. He serves on the Vice President for Student Affairs Council, the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team, the Academic Dean's Roundtable, as liaison to campus ministers, and as a member of the Provost Council. He also serves as chair of the Division of Student Affairs Care Team and a as member of the university Threat Assessment Team.
He has been a student, a proud Hokie Parent (twice), an administrator, a collector of Hokie trivia and trinkets, and an enthusiastic fan. Always happy to answer the ever-popular question – What's a Hokie? – Dean Brown's consistent response is always “I Am.”
Dean of Students
109 East Eggleston Hall (0255)
500 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061