Alumni Announcements

Join the Corps Staff

July 1, 2019

The Corps is hiring an Associate Director of Major Gifts.  If you know someone who has fundraising experience, please encourage them to apply at the link below. This highly motivated professional will be involved with the planning and implementation of the Corps’ major gift fund raising efforts in support of current operations, endowment, capital, and other priorities from private sources.  He/She will fulfill the duties under the direction of the Chief Advancement Officer in close cooperation with the University's central advancement office. The Associate Director of Major Gifts to help us solicit philanthropic gifts from alumni, parents, and friends to support the next generations of cadets and ensure that our proud tradition of leader development continues strong into the future! Be sure to mention the Corps of Cadets position specifically when you apply. Details:


Class Champions Update

June 3, 2019

Class Champions,

We are looking forward to seeing some of you next week!

Wanted to get out the below details to sign up for Corps Reunion and Highty-Tighty Reunion….hopefully all alumni received the emails from Virginia Tech with the registration links at the beginning of May, but just in case we thought we should put them out there again.

  1. Corps Reunion will be 13-14 September which is the weekend of the VT vs. Furman game. Link to register:
  2. Highty-Tighty Reunion will be 18-19 October which is the weekend of the VT vs. UNC game (please note that this is a change from the original date). Link to register:
  3. In Search Of!  Looking for VTCC alumni who will be deployed during 2019 Football Season (Sep thru Dec) to honor as Hokie Heroes.  Please send name/email address to Col Larkin (  And if you are that person who is deploying, make sure you have something Hokie (a flag, a jersey, a hat, etc.) in your go bag!

Go Hokies and Ut Prosim!

Class Champions Update

Feb. 7. 2019

VTCC Alumni Board Chairman J. Pearson ‘87 is excited to announce this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. This year, our second year bestowing this honor, we again have two awardees: Major General (MG, U.S. Army, Retired) Tommy T. Thompson ’56 and Ambassador Richard T. Crowder ’60.

These two Corps alumni followed two distinct paths after graduating from Virginia Tech. Similarly, they both were designated as Distinguished Military Graduates, both earned bachelor’s degrees in agriculture and applied economics and both commissioned into the U.S. Army.

Ambassador Crowder served on active duty and in the reserves while earning a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and doctorate from Oklahoma State in agriculture and applied economics. That was followed by a successful career in industry at places like Exxon; Pilsbury; Armour, Swift, Eckrich; DEKALB Genetics; and, finally, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association.

He also left his mark in government, serving from 1989-92 as the Undersecretary International Affairs and Commodity Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he managed the 1990 Farm Bill. In 2006-07, he was U.S. trade representative and ambassador, as well as U.S. chief agricultural negotiator, principally responsible for all U.S. international agricultural trade negotiations. He continued in 2007-08 as special advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office.

In 2008, Dr. Crowder returned to Virginia Tech as an adjunct professor.

MG Thompson served the Army for more than 36 years in a variety of active duty positions in the United States and South Korea, followed by leadership roles in the Army National Guard. His assignments included commandant of the Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School and division commander of the 29th Infantry Division. He continues to serve as president of the Virginia National Guard Foundation.

In civilian life, he found similar success in real estate, becoming CEO of his own company and building it into one of the bulwarks of the Tidewater, Virginia, area. He has served as president of the Newport News-Hampton Board of Realtors, president of the Peninsula Building and Housing Association, and on the Hampton (Virginia) School Board for 10 years, five of those years as its chairman.

MG Thompson has remained active with the Corps, from fighting in the late 1990s and early 2000s for its survival to establishing a legacy of giving and serving on the VTCC alumni board.

Ut Prosim,

Patience C. Larkin, Col, USAF (Ret)
Alumni Director, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets
E-Frat 1987

From left are Ambassador Richard T. Crowder ’60 and MG Tommy T. Thompson ’56.
From left are Ambassador Richard T. Crowder ’60 and MG Tommy T. Thompson ’56.

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