- First Year Experience Faculty, Building Construction
Gary S. Kinder serves as the Senior Academic Advisor and First Year Experience Faculty for the Department of Building Construction (BC) in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He works with the junior and senior-level students to assist them in progression through their degree to the point of graduating. Additionally, he co-teaches the First Year Experience course with first-year BC students which outlines career planning, industry research, critical thinking, and other important skills.
He also oversees the BC Student Ambassadors, and routinely meets with prospective families, as well as incoming freshmen and transfer students, looking to join the department. He supports the department through curricular design including undergraduate and graduate course and program revisions.
Gary holds a Master of Arts in Educational Counseling from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, from Radford University.
Gary joined Virginia Tech in 1998 and most recently served as Director of Career Services for the Pamplin College of Businessbefore joining the Building Construction Department in his current role. He has spent his entire career in higher education, ranging from University President’s office Administrator to Assistant Director of Admissions, Director of Career Services, Curriculum Development with his longest-run in Academic Advising. He truly appreciates the student family within the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He routinely answers the question, “’Do you have kids? “Yes, I have over 500, and I love every one of them as if they were my own.’” He also takes seriously the motto of “Ut Prosim” and tries to live each day, professionally and personally, in service of those who are in need.