Dean of Students
James T. (Tom) Brown has been a Hokie for more than 45 years. A member of the Virginia Tech class of '75, he earned a B.S. in horticulture. He received his master’s in education from the University of Virginia in 1983, and subsequently pursued post-masters work at Virginia Tech.
Tom has worked for Virginia Tech for 39 years, beginning as an extension agent working with the 4-H program in Albemarle County for seven years. In 1985, he returned to Blacksburg and worked for Extension Administration. He then completed a seven-year stint with the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, giving leadership to student programs, alumni chapter support, and class reunion events.
Tom joined the Division of Student Affairs’ Dean of Students office in May of 1994. While serving as assistant dean and associate dean, he led orientation programs, parent programming, sexual assault education, and multicultural programs, including the university’s cultural centers. He has also advised student organizations and represented the department on countless university committees.
As Dean of Students, Tom offers guidance and direction to university advocacy and emergency response programs for students. In addition, he serves as a consultant for faculty and staff members seeking support and advice while working with distressed students. His focus when working with students is to empower them to make their own decisions and resolve their own concerns. He serves on the Vice President for Student Affairs Council, the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team, the Academic Deans Roundtable, and as liaison to the Virginia Tech Interfaith Council. He also serves as chair of the Division of Student Affairs Care Team and as a member of the university Threat Assessment Team.
He has been an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a proud Hokie Parent (twice), an administrator, a collector of Hokie trivia and trinkets, and an enthusiastic Virginia Tech fan. Always happy to answer the ever-popular question, “What's a Hokie?” Dean Brown's response is always “I am.”