Board of Visitors updated on Innovation Campus progress
During the meeting, Brandy Salmon outlined progress in several key areas of Innovation Campus planning.
April 2, 2019
Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors learned about the progress of the university’s new Innovation Campus during its meeting March 31 at the Inn at Virginia Tech.
Brandy Salmon, founding managing director of the Innovation Campus and associate vice president for innovation and partnerships, shared updates with the group about plans for this new graduate campus in Alexandria. The $1 billion campus will offer education and research in computer science and related fields for master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral degrees.
“We were delighted to share progress with the Board of Visitors on such an exciting project. Our delivery team continues to work on the many facets involved with designing and scaling a new campus, including developing cutting-edge, market-relevant curricula and academic programs, planning the physical campus to complement other regional locations and the Blacksburg campus, and engaging with the Alexandria community,” Salmon said. “I look forward to talking with members of the campus community at this week’s town hall.”
An Innovation Campus Town Hall on Thursday, April 4, in Blacksburg will give members of the university community the opportunity to ask questions and talk with leaders, including Salmon, President Tim Sands, Provost Cyril Clarke, and Dwayne Pinkney, senior vice president for operations and administration. The town hall will be held at 4 p.m. at Haymarket Theatre inside Squires Student Center.
At the Board of Visitors meeting, Salmon outlined progress in several key areas of Innovation Campus planning. This includes research for academic programs with market analysis and benchmarking to define student interest and employer needs regionally and nationally. Also, officials are continuing to explore real estate options in the Alexandria portion of the National Landing area.
She also outlined how Virginia Tech expects to add at least 2,000 more undergraduate students studying computer science, computer engineering, and related disciplines over the next five years. To support these new students and propel research, Virginia Tech will hire up to 140 new faculty members in Blacksburg.
The Innovation Campus and the undergraduate growth in Blacksburg are part of a comprehensive higher education package put together by the state to fuel the state’s tech-talent pipeline and attract Amazon to build a new headquarters in Northern Virginia. The package approved by the General Assembly includes $69 million for a new data and decision science building on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus to support the undergraduate growth and $168 million in the general fund for the Innovation Campus.
The Innovation Campus will be located in the Alexandria portion of National Landing near Potomac Yard, about two miles from Amazon's new location in Arlington.
In related Innovation Campus news, David Baker joined Virginia Tech this week as assistant director of government and community affairs, a new position based in Alexandria.