Cornell engineering dean selected to lead Virginia Tech Innovation Campus

Lance Collins (Photo/Virginia Tech)

By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected]

Virginia Tech selected Lance Collins, the dean of engineering at Cornell University, as the inaugural vice president and executive director of its new innovation campus, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands announced Monday.

Collins has led the college of engineering at Cornell since 2010. He was a member of the leadership team that helped partner with New York City to build Cornell Tech, a technology, business, law and design campus on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan, according to a news release.

Announced as part of Virginia’s successful bid to locate Amazon’s HQ2 in Northern Virginia, the innovation campus will be located in Potomac Yard and will accommodate graduate and undergraduate students. The inaugural class will start in fall 2020, although the campus is still several years away from being completed.