Prof. Gene Egger has been conferred the title, “Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor Emeritus,” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
In May, Prof. Egger retired after more than 40 years of service to Virginia Tech. As a studio teacher, he has earned the respect of generations of students, as well as colleagues. In 1987, he received the William E. Wine Award, the university’s highest teaching honor, recognizing a history of university teaching excellence. He later served as Chair of the Wine Award Selection Committee and as Chair of the University Academy of Teaching Excellence. In 2007, Prof. Egger was named one of the nation’s best design educators by DesignIntelligence, a national organization that ranks architecture and design schools. Prof. Egger has directed and organized Europe Study Abroad Programs for more than 30 years, and, in 2000, he received the University Alumni Award for Excellence in International Programs. His work as an administrator has included serving as Director of Special Programs and as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, as well as Chair of the Architecture Foundation Program and Director of the Industrial Design Program.