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Many who work at Virginia Tech have long expressed interest in establishing an advising network on campus across multiple levels of the institution. In spring 2019, members of the Academic Advising Initiatives team learned that over 100 professional and faculty advisors on campus wanted to participate in such a network. Thus, to move forward with the initiative, the Virginia Tech Academic Advising Network (VTAAN) was established and members were nominated and elected to serve as the first Steering Committee Officers.

Nominations for the Fall 2021 Steering Committee will begin in Spring 2020.

Zack Underwood

Amanda Villar
Vice Chairperson

Amanda Armstrong
Communications Chairperson

Banks Blair
Professional Development Chairpeson

Standing Committees

The Steering Committee synthesized the survey feedback many of you provided about what you'd like to gain from this network. This information led to the formation of three Standing Committees that are described below. Please consider getting involved with VTAAN by joining one of these committees. All Virginia Tech employees who advise students, as well as students interested in advising, are welcome to join.

Led by the Communications Chairperson, the purpose of this committee is to promote, establish, and maintain active membership in the Network. This committee also oversees elections.


Led by the Professional Development Chairperson, the purpose of this committee is to facilitate communication of relevant information among advisors on the Virginia Tech campus, to the University, and to local communities and media as appropriate. One goal would be to centralize relevant information and to heighten awareness about the importance of academic advising as a profession.


Led by the Social Development Chairperson, the purpose of this committee is to create educational opportunities for professional development of academic advisors.


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