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Former Virginia Tech President passes away

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Virginia Tech's President Emeritus Charles William Steger, Jr., passed away on Sunday at his home in Blacksburg. He was 70 years old.

Steger was the university's 15th president, serving from 2000-2014. He is regarded as one of the most influential presidents to lead Virginia Tech. During his tenure, the university's enrollment grew from 28,000 to 31,000 and he helped create a "public-private school of medicine."

"I am truly saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Charles Steger," said Gov. Ralph Northam. "He cared deeply for Virginia Tech and courageously led the Hokie Nation through a terrible tragedy. His leadership in Virginia changed the landscape of higher education, and his strategic vision propelled Virginia Tech to be one of the finest research institutions in the world. We mourn the loss of a great man with the Hokie Nation and will keep his wife, Janet, and the Steger family, in our thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.”

Steger also oversaw Virginia Tech's inclusion into the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and helped to make the university a top research center.

"I’ve known Charles Steger for more than thirty years, and in that time, I always knew him not only as an advocate for Virginia Tech, but for educational opportunity for all Virginians, at every level," said U.S. Sen. Mark Warner. "I was proud to call him my friend, and I have incredibly fond memories of our fight together to get Tech into the ACC. I know that Dr. Steger will be missed by the whole Tech family.”  

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of Charles Steger. As a man who earned three Virginia Tech degrees and served as his alma mater’s president from 2000 to 2014, he was a Hokie to his core," said U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith. "Under his guidance, the university went from strength to strength, expanding its enrollment, raising its profile in fields such as engineering and medicine, and powering it to the forefront of research. He also faced the horrific events of April 2007 with courage and dignity. Working with Charles was always a great experience for me. I offer my condolences to his family and the Virginia Tech community on the loss of this great educator and leader.”

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