Jim Hatch never expected to end up at Virginia Tech. As he says himself, apart from attending a few Hokie football games during his time as a member of his high school marching band, Tech just “wasn’t on [his] radar.” As a young man, it’s hard to imagine that he would’ve foreseen the major impact Virginia Tech would eventually have on his life.

While he was born in Pulaski, VA, Hatch spent the majority of his childhood in Lynchburg. He remembers the city as having a comfortable, caring community: a wholesome, positive environment to grow up in.

VT Stories Shorts

A Challenging Year

"I was the first staff member to serve as a constituent on the Board of Visitors, and that happened to be 2006–2007..."

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Read more of Jean Brickey's story on our Hokie Tales page.

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A Good Shirt Tuck

"He took out a pair of suspenders, and, with great care, attached two of the snaps to the tops of his socks..."

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Read more of Russ Neal, Jr.'s story on our Hokie Tales page.

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Every Hokie has a story, and VT Stories is committed to preserving and sharing as many of these stories as we can.

The VT Stories Oral History Project began in early 2015 as the result of some informal discussions among a small group of faculty, staff, and administrators across disciplines about utilizing the power of story in a number of different ways in a signature pilot project.

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