Kevin Crofton: Hokie Across The Pond

Wanderlust. Perseverance. Risk-taking. Alongside an education from Virginia Tech, these qualities have helped Kevin Crofton achieve big things. Crofton is the CEO of The Comet Group and the former CEO of SPTS Technologies. A rural Virginia native, Crofton ventured “across the pond” to England, where he now resides with his family. He has many prestigious awards and achievements to his name, …

Bob Quisenberry: A Valued Hokie

Community,” Bob Quisenberry, Class of 1962, says of Virginia Tech. “It’s the best community I’ve ever seen.” As the son of a Class of 1920 alumnus and a lifelong supporter of his alma mater, Quisenberry has decades of experience with the university to support his claim. In the years since his graduation, he has shown himself to be a proud …

Willis and Mary Nolen Blackwood: The Hokie Nation Personified

“It amazes me,” Mary Nolen Blackwood joyfully reminisces, a Virginia Tech grad of ‘73, “you love each other in spite of your idiosyncrasies.”  Willis and Mary Nolen Blackwood, Class of 1972 and 1973 respectively, have continued to maintain their connection to Virginia Tech for the past 50 years following graduation through heavy family ties and financial involvements. Even in Florida, …

Douglas Martin: A Beacon of Service

Douglas Martin has spent the better part of a century in service of his fellow Americans. As a 2010 Virginia Tech Daily press release puts it, he has “provided guidance and support to thousands”. That’s no small feat, but it’s all in a lifetime’s work for the director emeritus. Every employee, retiree, student, faculty member and administrator to come through …

James “Jim” Hatch: Gratitude and Giving Back

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 …

Dr. Doug Montgomery: Triple Tech Graduate

Most Hokies bleed orange and maroon, and Doug Montgomery is no exception. Having gotten all three of his academic engineering degrees from Virginia Tech, he has a particularly close and special relationship with the university that he has carried with him after graduating and will continue to carry for the rest of his life. Doug was born in Roanoke, Virginia …

Matt Arden: Merging Creativity and Mentorship

Virginia Tech graduate Matt Arden, Class of 1999, dreamed of being a sportscaster since he was 13 years old. With a prolific career in sports television spanning almost 20 years and garnering him three Emmy awards, he has brought his dream to fruition. Arden was born in Washington, D.C., and when his parents divorced, he stayed in Woodbridge to live …

Dr. Mayer Levy: Giving Reasons to Smile

Mayer Levy was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. His family had been there since the 1800s, and the area was racially segregated as he grew up. His Father had attended VPI, which influenced Mayer to follow suit. Also, his Mother had gotten her teaching certificate from what is now Mary Washington University, so it was always assumed that …