Dan Maguire, entrepreneur and CEO, will deliver the keynote address at Virginia Tech’s fall 2021 start-to-school ceremony on Friday, December 17.
Graduating from Virginia Tech in 1994 with a degree in management science, Maguire began his career in the government industry, where he provided information technology and related consulting services to federal agencies.
He then obtained his MBA from the University of Georgia in 2002. Since then, he has founded several technology startups, developed them and eventually sold to strategic buyers. Now “voluntarily unemployed”, he sold his last risky business in March 2020.
Maguire holds several positions at Virginia Tech. He is a member of Student Affairs Division Alumni Advisory Council and the 2018 recipient of the Student Affairs Alumni Aspire Award.
Maguire lives in Great Falls, Virginia. When not in work mode, he enjoys fishing, mountain biking and spending time with his family, which includes three children and three dogs.
The university entrance ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. and the doctoral school ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. on December 17.
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Three graduate students will share their thoughts on their graduate studies path. Their brief remarks are modeled on the Nutshell Games created by the Scientific communication center. The doctoral students are: Sara Jamal Eddin, Ph.D., research in architecture and design; Anza Mitchell, Ph.D., education, curriculum and instruction; and Bennett Grooms, Ph.D., fisheries and wildlife sciences.
Additionally, Jonathan Foote and Carolina Dayer, professors at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark, will receive the Graduate Alumni Achievement Award at the graduation ceremony. Foote received her MA in Architecture in 2001 and her PhD in Architecture in 2013. Dayer received her MA in Architecture in 2007 and her PhD in Architecture in 2015. During their graduate studies at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center at Virginia Tech, they got engaged and married.
In the years since graduating, they have continued their ties with Virginia Tech as speakers and committee members. Foote has created an international networking program, allowing many faculty members from his institution and from Virginia Tech to visit and cooperate with each other. Those who nominated them for this award said they embody the academic motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) and have a deep and sincere commitment to the highest quality of work to serve the field and care for the growth and well-being of the people they work with – students and colleagues. They will accept their price per video.
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