D. Gene Egger honored with emeritus status

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 15, 2010 – D. Gene Egger, the Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor of Architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the "professor emeritus" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1969, Egger contributed significantly to the teaching mission of the architecture studio at the Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. He also aided in the advancement of the international education abroad program as director of special programs for the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Egger was awarded the Alumni Award for Excellence in International Programs and named international president of the Phi Beta Delta honor society for international scholars.

In the classroom, Egger taught a wide range of architecture courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. He served as chair of the Academy of Teaching Excellence, assistant dean for undergraduate studies, chair of the foundation program, and director of the industrial design program. Egger received the William E. Wine Award, and participated extensively in university governance by serving as chair of the William E. Wine Award Committee and the Commission on International Affairs and Outreach.

Egger received his bachelor's degree from Auburn University and a master's degree from Virginia Tech.

Written by Krystyne Hayes. Hayes, of Front Royal, Va., holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.