Frank Shushok, Jr., Ph.D.
Senior Associate Vice President
Dr. Frank Shushok Jr. is a native of Texas, but says he came to Virginia Tech as soon as he realized what he was missing! Frank is passionate about students and their learning and thinks working on a college campus is among his great privileges. By the time Frank was a sophomore in college at Baylor University, he had aspirations of working in student affairs—a career path he’s been on for 25 years. Part of Frank’s passion for students is born out of his own struggle to get through high school but subsequently finding his stride and potential while in college.
Assuming his role at Virginia Tech in 2009, Frank leads Virginia Tech’s largest auxiliary enterprise with an operating budget well over $100 million. He provides leadership for the following departments: Cranwell International Center, Dining Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Housing and Residence Life, Learning Partnerships, and Student Conduct. He also plays a role in Virginia Tech’s Title IX efforts and cares deeply about eradicating sexual violence from college campuses. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Frank is an associate professor in the higher education graduate program and serves as executive editor of About Campus, a national magazine that promotes strengthening the student learning experience in higher education.
Frank’s commitment to higher education has been nationally recognized. He was named a fellow of the American Council on Higher Education, a Diamond Honoree by the ACPA—College Student Educators International, and honored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers with its Research and Publication Award. As an avid supporter of strengths-based learning, he received the Chip Anderson Inspiration Award for significant contributions in advancing the strengths movement in higher education.
When Frank’s not engaged in his work on campus, he enjoys the outdoors with his family. There’s nothing he appreciates more than a beautiful day fly-fishing on a mountain stream. Frank married his high school sweetheart and has three children, the oldest of whom is a student at Virginia Tech.