Virginia Tech has named its next president, and he comes to Blacksburg from Purdue University. Timothy Sands has been Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Purdue. He succeeds Charles Steger, who announced last May he would step down when a successor was chosen. Steger has been Virginia Tech’s president since 2000. Before taking administrative positions, Sands was an engineering professor at Cal-Berkeley and at Purdue. As WFIR’s Evan Jones, Sands promises to “keep the momentum moving” in Blacksburg.
An ice storm is forecast for the immediate area this Sunday, and the Virginia Department of Forestry reminds homeowners to inspect their property for tree limbs that ice could bring down. John Campbell with the Forestry Department recommends using an Certified Arborist to make sure the job is done right. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.
The Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection tried something new last weekend, and it led to a spike in adoption numbers. It’s normally closed Sundays, but the center held a special adoption event last Sunday, and that led to 33 pet adoptions in a four day period — way above normal. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.