Va. Tech names chief of staff for university operations
Brennan Shepard served in interim capacity since April
Virginia Tech has named Brennan Shepard its chief of staff for university operations.
Shepard was most recently director of financial planning in the the university’s Office of Budget and Financial Planning and has served in various roles in the finance division over the past 15 years. He officially began his new role on Aug. 25 after serving in an interim capacity since April.
As chief of staff, Shepard will provide increased flexibility to the office of the executive vice president and chief operating officer by overseeing day-to-day administrative functions. He will lead critical projects across the university’s operations and advance the priorities and initiatives of the office and the division.
“I am thrilled that Brennan has agreed to stay in this role long term, having served in an interim capacity since April,” Amy Sebring, Virginia Tech’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. “Early in my tenure, I conducted a national search for the position and was unable to find someone who had the skills and demeanor that Brennan brings to the position. His ability to think strategically and work collaboratively comes, in part, from his understanding and experience at Virginia Tech. In addition, during his four months in the interim role, he has demonstrated a keen ability to look for effective solutions that serve the needs of our staff, faculty and students.”
Shepard has an MBA in organizational leadership from Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business and also earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the university. While earning his MBA, Shepard was named the graduate student representative to the university’s board of visitors for the 2007 to 2008 academic year and served as a graduate assistant in its internal audit department. He has prior experience in business management and as a legislative assistant in the Virginia General Assembly, where he supported a member of the House of Delegates during the 2002 and 2003 sessions.
“I’m fortunate to have learned from many talented leaders and colleagues over the years at Virginia Tech and am humbled by Amy’s confidence in me to serve the university in this new role,” Shepard said in a statement. “I look forward to supporting the incredible University Operations team and continuing to contribute to this university that has given me so much.”