Susan Anderson: A Beacon for Change in Blacksburg

Susan Anderson got her passion for social justice and community service from her family. From a young age, she was taught by her mother to stand up for those in need. Her grandparents were involved in their communities, and her grandfather worked in public health. Anderson was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, and grew up in Amherst County. She attended the …

Bob Bates: Researcher, Collaborator, and Educator

Education has always been important in the life of Robert “Bob” Bates, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (now College of Science). Both of his parents were college-educated, and his mother was a teacher, while his father worked for the U.S. government. The youngest of four, Bates and his siblings were all expected to attend college. Although …