Assistant Vice President
Chris Wise has been with the university since 1987, when he was a graduate student serving as a graduate assistant in Recreational Sports. Although he is a native of South Carolina, he often says he has lived in Blacksburg for more than half his life, which makes Blacksburg his home (away from home). Chris developed a passion for sports at a very early age and it led him from being a college athlete at Newberry College in South Carolina to a career in health and wellness with a student affairs twist. At a time when Chris was undecided about what his career path might be, he was introduced to Virginia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs, where he now prides himself on providing health and wellness programs that allow students to find their career passion while pursuing a life of well-being.
As Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Chris provides leadership to the following departments with a primary goal of integrating health and wellness into the everyday culture of Virginia Tech: Cook Counseling Center, Hokie Wellness, Recreational Sports, Schiffert Health Center, and Services for Students with Disabilities. These departments encompass more than 750 employees with operating budgets in excess of $25 million. Resource development and management has been a hallmark of Chris’ long tenure at Virginia Tech. He has initiated a variety of building projects related to health and wellness, has developed numerous new income streams, and has grown staffing in thoughtful and efficient ways to provide needed programs and facilities while respecting the cost of education. During his years as director of Recreational Sports, Virginia Tech was twice named the nation’s fittest college by The Active Times.
Chris looks for opportunities to continue to learn. He is actively involved with the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) as well as NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. He has served a two-year term as NIRSA Virginia State Director and is a graduate of the NIRSA School of Recreational Sports Management and the NIRSA Executive Institute. He is also a graduate of the Academy for Leadership Excellence at Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Executive Development Institute. Chris is an active supporter of local youth sports programs, serving on youth baseball and soccer boards and providing support to local high school athletic programs. He knows what led him on his path in life and values the opportunity to help others along their paths.
Outside of work, Chris spends much of his time with his wife and two sons, supporting them in their dreams. Whether it is exercising with wife (powerwalks are their go-to) or shagging balls from his two aspiring kicker/punter sons, Chris enjoys the outdoors. When time allows, traveling and golf are his relaxation activities of choice.