Byron Hughes has been named dean of students at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has been serving as the university’s director of fraternity and sorority life since 2013.
Dr. Hughes began his career at Virginia Tech in 2008 as the assistant director for student conduct. Prior to coming to Blacksburg, he worked in residential life positions at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and Salisbury University in Maryland.
Dr. Hughes says that his philosophy is to “help students and colleagues ground learning-centered choices in purpose by fostering a connection whenever possible; encourage students and colleagues to be reflective and utilize critical thinking; maintain empathy for all students and colleagues regardless of their decisions; and develop trust by being consistent and fair as an administrator.”
Dr. Hughes holds a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Salisbury University, a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education administration from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Virginia Tech.