BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will hold a reception for alumni and friends to meet the college’s new dean, Alan Grant, on Saturday, March 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Holtzman Alumni Center and The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg.

Grant started his position on October 1. He was formerly a professor and head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University. Grant received his Ph.D. and master’s of science from Michigan State University in animal science and his bachelor’s of science in animal science from Cornell University.

“I am committed to Virginia Tech’s land-grant mission and believe the college is a natural leader in this area due to its strong assets – quality agricultural and life sciences programs and their integration with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Agricultural Experiment Station,” said Grant. “I am excited about the prospect of working with university colleagues on building the university’s future and expanding existing partnerships with internal and external stakeholders. Through these efforts, the college will continue to develop solutions to relevant problems in the agriculture, food, health, and natural resources sectors across its teaching, research, and Extension missions.”

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, Virginia wine, beer, soda, water, and iced tea will be provided. Dress attire is casual and Hokie attire is welcomed.

For more information and to make reservations, contact Jamie Lucero at (540) 231-9666 or