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New Tech president described as 'approachable'

Saturday - 12/7/2013, 11:58am  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Tech's new president is an engineer, an expert in nanotechnology and holder of 16 patents in optoelectronics.

Such a description might evoke the stereotype of a cubicle-dwelling introvert. But a longtime colleague of Timothy Sands says that's not the kind of person Virginia Tech is getting as its new leader.

David Williams is chairman of Purdue's University Senate. He describes Sands as personable, approachable and easy to be with. He also praises the 55-year-old Sands for his intellect and deep understanding of the issues facing higher education.

Sands, executive vice president and provost at Purdue, was named Virginia Tech's 16th president Friday.

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