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Byron Hughes

Dean of Students
  • Vice President’s Council
  • Departments: Dean of Students Office, Services for Students with Disabilities, New Student and Family Programs

As Dean of Students, Byron Hughes is Virginia Tech’s foremost student advocate, leading a team of passionate, student-centered educators who support more than 34,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

With a strong focus on facilitating learning and community with and for, students Byron and his team work closely with Virginia Tech’s seven colleges and administrative offices, embracing a focused pursuit of care, support, inclusion, and flourishing in nearly every imaginable way. In addition to student advocacy, the offices of Dean of Students are comprised of the following programs and services: Interfaith Engagement, First-Generation Student Support, Off-Campus Life, New Student and Family Programs, and Services for Students with Disabilities.

A native of Maryland, Byron has a career in higher education that spans 20 years. With experience working in residential life at Ball State University and Salisbury University, Byron arrived at Virginia Tech in 2008 and has served in progressive roles within Student Conduct and Fraternity and Sorority Life. Just prior to being named Dean of Students in 2018, he served as director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, overseeing all aspects of Virginia Tech’s fraternity and sorority community.

Byron holds professional memberships in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). He has provided extensive service to the fraternity and sorority movement by facilitating leadership programs for undergraduate students on campuses throughout the country; leading new professional development programs for AFA and the Fraternity Executives Association (FEA); and serving as a board member and volunteer for several national fraternities and sororities. In 2019, AFA named Dean Hughes as a recipient of the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award.

Byron’s philosophy for student affairs leadership is simple – help students and colleagues ground learning-centered choices in purpose by: 1) fostering a connection whenever possible; 2) encouraging students and colleagues to be reflective and utilize critical thinking; 3) maintaining empathy for all students and colleagues regardless of their decisions; and 4) developing trust by being consistent and fair as an administrator.

Byron earned a Ph.D. in higher education from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University, and a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Salisbury University.

In addition to his work on campus and volunteer work with college students, Dean Hughes spends time with his wife (a lifelong Hokie) and two young children. He and his family are avid fans of college athletics at Virginia Tech and at other campuses they have called home along the way.