Dr. Chris Kiwus
Chris Kiwus is Virginia Tech's interim senior vice president and chief business officer. Serving as the president’s principal operations liaison, he works closely with the executive vice president and provost, executive leadership team, and the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. He is responsible for the leadership and coordination of Virginia Tech’s business and administrative operations and manages the financial and operational resources necessary to support Virginia Tech’s current and developing initiatives and vision.
Reporting to Dr. Kiwus are the associate vice president for enterprise operations; vice presidents for Enterprise Administrative and Business Services; Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities (for which Dr. Kiwus serves a dual leadership role); Finance; Human Resources; Governance and Policy; Information and Technology; and the assistant vice president for Equity and Accessibility.
Kiwus, who came to Virginia Tech in 2014 as the university’s associate vice president for campus planning, infrastructure, and facilities, was promoted to vice president in 2020. Prior to his arrival at the university, Kiwus served as commanding officer of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida, where he was responsible for the management and leadership of 15 Navy bases, which included 20,000 facilities on 170,000 acres of land across the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean, more than a $1 billion dollar budget, and approximately 1,800 employees.
A retired captain of the U.S. Navy, Kiwus has served more than three decades as a strategic leader, advocate, and engineer responsible for facilities planning, public works and infrastructure, sustainability, real estate, and construction, among a host of other core operational functions.
Kiwus received bachelor’s degrees from Union College and from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, master's degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the U.S. Naval War College, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida.