Purdue’s Assignment: Find New Provost
December 9, 2013 — Purdue University has a new assignment, as it needs to launch a search for a new provost today.
The university must find a replacement for Tim Sands, Purdue’s provost who is leaving the university to become the next president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, or Virginia Tech.
The university’s Board of Visitors selected Tim Sands as the university’s next president at a meeting Friday. His start date on the Blacksburg, Virginia, campus is June 1, 2014. Virginia Tech is a land-grant institution with a student enrollment of more than 31,000.
Sands will replace current president Charles Steger, who will be stepping down after 14 years in the position. Sands says Virginia Tech’s motto, “That I Serve”, is one of the things that drew him to the university.
Sands became Purdue provost in 2010 after spending more than four years as director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue. He holds an endowed chair in engineering and served as acting president during the fall semester of 2012, prior to former governer Mitch Daniels becoming the 12th president of the university.
Sands says in researching Virginia Tech, he was impressed by the university’s consistent high rankings in areas such as the value of the education and alumni satisfaction.