Kimberly Lowe to head parent relations program

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 8, 2005 – Virginia Tech has named Kimberly Lowe as its assistant director of student life for parent relations. In this new position, she will serve as a liaison to and as an advocate for parents and families of Virginia Tech students.

“We are pleased and excited to welcome Kimberly to our staff,” said Tom Brown, director of Student Life. “Her experience in higher education, student-affairs programming, communication skills, and event management will be a great asset for our Hokie parents. We look forward to her leadership as she facilitates her vision for a strong university partnership with parents.”

Lowe, a Blacksburg native who earned her master’s degree at Virginia Tech, has a broad background of experience to bring to the new position and ideas for learning parents’ perceptions of students’ college life. Over her career, she has worked in such areas as residence life and housing, Greek life, special-event planning, student activities, new students’ orientation, and campus organizations.

Lowe brings extensive professional experience in working with parents and students on homecoming committees, family days, multicultural committees, and wellness issues. Administratively, she has provided leadership to policies and procedures that directly affect the quality of student life.

Most recently, she was director of student activities and student affairs marketing in the Center for Student Life and Leadership at East Tennessee State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in history. Before that, she was assistant dean of students at Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C., and area coordinator and director of Student Activities in the Office of Student Life at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Va.

“I see my role as enhancing communications and services to assist in the involvement of Hokie parents and families,” she said. “I’d like to make parents aware of university programs and services and find new ways to assist in their connection to the campus community.” In addition, she said, “The key to student success is to create partnerships—the parents, the students, and the university partnering for the best education.”

Lowe can be reached at

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become among the largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 180 academic degree programs.