Virginia Tech Honors Former President Charles Steger

May 14, 2018

Credit Virginia Tech

Leaders from across the state attended Steger's memorial service Monday.

Among them was Governor Ralph Northam, who just addressed graduates during the school’s commencement ceremony last week.

"As I looked at the thousands of graduates that day, I couldn't help but think of the enormous impact Dr. Steger had on each person's education and life through his leadership of Virginia Tech."

Senator Mark Warner also paid tribute. He recalled an experience during Virginia Tech’s first home football game after joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2003.

"This was a game against Miami, and Miami at that time was ranked number one in the nation. So, Charles and I came out into that newly expanded Lane Stadium. We were both smart enough to make sure that our remarks consisted of about 10 seconds each. And, for a brief moment in time, Charles Steger and Mark Warner had a 97% approval rating in Lane Stadium."

Steger served from 2000 to 2014 as the school's 15th president. He recently helped spearhead a new medical school and also led the university through a tragic shooting in 2007.

Steger died on May 6th. He was 70 years old.

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