The late Charles W. Steger, Virginia Tech’s 15th president, is one of the two 2018 recipients of the Baldwin Memorial Town and Gown Award.
The other recipient is longtime Virginia Tech public relations officer, Lawrence Hincker. Named in honor of the late Vernon L. Baldwin, a longtime Virginia Tech faculty member, and his wife, Lois, the award is conferred upon individuals who help make significant contributions to further positive relations between Blacksburg and Virginia Tech and/or for long service to both the Blacksburg Community and Virginia Tech.
President Steger was recognized for his many years of service to advancing Virginia Tech and the greater university community, and particularly how he fostered quality of life improvements throughout Blacksburg.
He served virtually his entire professional career at the university and the last 14 years as president. He was instrument in transforming Virginia Tech while growing enrollment, vaulting it into the ranks of the top 40 research universities nationally, expanding its footprint around the state and the globe, overseeing the largest building boom in university history, and of course, gaining entry into the Atlantic Coast Conference fulfilling a half-century long dream of Hokies everywhere.
However, the Baldwin Award is conferred for community service in addition to university service. Not commonly known is Steger’s support for K-12 education. Steger…