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CAUS+effect dean’s message from A. Jack Davis

Greetings and welcome to the inaugural issue of CAUS+effect, an e-newsletter for alumni and friends, sharing some of the latest news from around the college. In this issue, you’ll read stories about our outstanding new graduates; find out the latest top news from each of our schools; learn about prominent alumni and faculty; and discover how a devoted band of Virginia Tech alumni and friends are shaping our college’s future as a leader in intelligent infrastructure.

I’m pleased to launch this newsletter on the eve of my departure as dean. After 11 years leading the college, I’ve decided to return to teaching (story link: Davis to step down as dean) and will turn over the reins on October 10 to Richard Blythe, the seventh dean.

It’s been a memorable and momentous decade. The highlights include celebrating the college’s 50th anniversary, doubling our endowment, implementing innovations in organizational and financial management, and growing our research support facilities. We’ve built on our curriculum and global outreach, supporting sustainability through environmentally engaged design, construction, and planning programs.

This newsletter offers just a snapshot of how CAUS students, alumni, faculty, and partners are contributing to our success and global influence. We have more than 15,000 CAUS alumni around world, and we look forward to engaging you more through new events and programming focused on your interests, communications designed to keep you connected, and opportunities to participate in our college and its future.

As alumni and friends of the college, I encourage you to find a place where you can make a difference – whether through mentoring, research and creative collaboration, industry partnership, career networking opportunities, or financial support.

As state support for public universities dwindles, we increasingly depend on your generosity to continue our mission of global leadership and impact in art, architecture, design, construction, policy, and public and international affairs.

I hope you will use this issue of CAUS+effect to reflect on your own experience at CAUS, reconnect with your alma mater, and pay it forward through your continued involvement.

Most of all, I hope you enjoy this newsletter and the rest of your summer.


Jack Davis, FAIA LEED AP
Dean and Reynolds Metals Professor of Architecture