Edward Spencer earned the title of Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs at Virginia Tech when he retired in 2012 after a 42-year career in student affairs at Virginia Tech and the University of Delaware. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in social psychology from Delaware, an M.A. in student personnel administration in higher education from Syracuse, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester. He has received numerous professional and community awards and served on a variety of boards and committees. In retirement, he serves locally as chairman of the board of directors of Warm Hearth, Inc. and as faculty advisor to the Eta Lambda chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. On the international level, he chairs the Education and Leadership Board of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and does occasional consulting for other colleges and universities. Most importantly, he is grandfather to Courtney and Brandon Spencer who live just three blocks away from him in Blacksburg.
“Through the difficult deaths of family members and friends, I have grown to appreciate the tremendous difference a hospice house can make in the final days of life, both for the individual and for his/her family and caregivers. Likewise, the fact that Virginia has only four licensed hospice houses while North Carolina has 55, has made it clear to me that we have a void that must be filled!”