Major General Randal D. Fullhart, USAF (retired) is Commandant of Cadets at Virginia Tech. General Fullhart received his commission in 1979 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
He has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels, and has also commanded two expeditionary flying squadrons, an expeditionary operations group in Operation Allied Force, and an expeditionary wing in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition, he has served as the Commandant of the Air Command and Staff College. General Fullhart has held staff assignments that include experience in operations, safety, acquisition, and government affairs at the major command and Headquarters U.S. Air Force levels. He served as the Assistant Director of Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and has joint experience at U.S. Transportation Command as well as joint, inter-agency experience as Deputy Chief, Central Security Service, National Security Agency. The general was Vice Commander, Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional), Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, prior to his final assignment as Director, Global Reach Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
General Fullhart is a command pilot with more than 3,500 flying hours in the C-141, KC-135, C-17, F-16, T-38 and T-37. General Fullhart's major awards and decorations include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with "V" device and three oak leaf clusters, and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster Combat Readiness Medal.
Mr. J. Pearson, ’87, F Troop and K Company Executive Officer. A first lieutenant in the Virginia Army National Guard and president and CEO of Carry-On Trailer, Inc. since 1996, Pearson has served as a general manager of Wayland Ford, vice president of Shelton, and vice president of TAP USA.
LTC Gary Lerch, ‘72, O Squadron, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant, Society of American Military Engineers, AROTC. As a coop student, Gary worked for the US Navy, and graduated with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then stayed at Tech for graduate school, graduating with an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1975. Gary’s military experience spans over 21years of active and reserve service. His six years of active duty saw assignments in armor and maintenance units in Germany, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and Fort Riley, Kansas. As a reservist, he served in Engineer units in Colorado and Virginia. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1996. Gary currently is employed as an operations research analyst with the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, Virginia. He and his wife, Dawn, also a Hokie, reside in Midlothian, Virginia. Their children, Kate and Marc, are both Tech alumni. Gary is a member of the Legacy Society, Ut Prosim Society, and the College of Engineering Committee of 100. He is proud to have served on the VTCCA Board of Directors since 2004.
Col T.O. Williams III, '59, Band Company, Drum Major, VPI German Club, AFROTC, B.S., College of Business; Retired USAF Colonel and Command Pilot with 27 years of active service; Vietnam Special Operations (1965-66; 1970-71); Graduate of the USAF Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, U.S. National War College, and M.S. Education, Troy University. Virginia Tech Alumni Association staff and Virginia Tech Development Office Director of University Programs (1990-2003). Has served on the VTCCA Inc. Board of Directors since its inception and incorporation in 1991. Currently Chairman Emeritus of the Board, VTCCA, Inc.; Vice President for Development, Virginia Tech German Club Alumni Foundation, Inc.; Virginia Tech Alumni Association Old Guard Board of Directors; Virginia Tech Legacy Society, and a private fundraising consultant.
LTG Joseph R. Inge, ’69, Lieutenant General, United States Army (Ret.). Joe Inge retired from the United States Army on 1 July, 2007 after 38 years of service. His last assignment was Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command, and Vice Commander, U.S. Element, North American Aerospace Defense Command. He continues to build a diverse portfolio as a private consultant. His endeavors include senior mentorship to military schools and military exercises, advising growing businesses working various issues to include pharmaceuticals, biometrics and equipment development.
Secretary/Alumni Network/Class Champions:
Col Richard S. "Rock" Roszak, ’71, S Squadron, 2nd Group Adjutant. He commissioned into the United States Air Force upon graduation and spent 27 years on active duty as an aviator, accumulating over 2,000 flying hours in a variety of aircraft, mostly in the B-52. He also occupied staff positions at the major command and Air Force HQ level and his career culminated with his return to Virginia Tech to command the Air Force ROTC detachment. He left active duty in 1998 and joined the Corps staff as a deputy commandant for 3 years and then as the Corps alumni director for 11 years before retiring in 2012. Roszak joined the VTCCA Board in spring of 2013.
Col Dave Spracher, ’70, Commander, D Squadron, BS General Business ’70; MBA ’72, Col (USAF, Ret). Dave is the Director of Development for the Corps of Cadets, a position he has held since January 2000. After completing his MBA at Tech, Dave served on active duty in the Air Force until retiring in 1997. He accumulated over 4,500 flight hours as a pilot mostly in the C-130, and commanded at the squadron and group levels. Dave and his Hokie wife Debby reside in the suburbs of Prices Fork, VA. His interest and passion is raising money for the Corps.
Col Patience Larkin '87, E Company, Second Battalion S1. Colonel Patience Larkin, USAF (Ret.) is the Alumni Director for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Colonel Larkin served over 24 years as an intelligence officer with deployments to both Kuwait and Haiti. She held a variety of intelligence positions at all levels, from intelligence officer for an F-15 fighter squadron to the Associate Director for Policy and Records at the National Security Agency. Her military education includes Joint Forces Staff College and Air War College. Colonel Larkin received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech and her masters degree in Counseling from Troy State. During her years in the Corps, Col Larkin was a member of E-Frat 87, Gregory Guard, Scabbard and Blade, Arnold Air Society and served as the Second Battalion S1 her senior year.
Task Force Chair - Government Affairs:
COL Jim Hopper, '69, R Squadron, 4th Group Commander. Thirty-two years active and reserve service, U.S. Army, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, MNC-I, 2006-07, retiring with the rank of colonel. Currently serving as a deputy cabinet secretary for homeland security in former Gov. Robert McDonnell's cabinet, following 16 years service in the Office of the Attorney General as section chief of the Opinions and Local Government Section, and Financial Law and Government Support Section. Twenty-two years of private law practice in the Richmond, Virginia, area, which included service as Powhatan County attorney on a part-time basis 1984-94.
Task Force Chair – University Affairs:
COL Dennis Cochrane, ’70, has served with Virginia Tech as a member of the faculty for the past 15 years in a variety of highly visible assignments. In September 2007 he was appointed energy and sustainability coordinator reporting directly to the vice president for business affairs. A key member of the university governance’s Energy and Sustainability Committee, Denny provided critical leadership during the development and approval of the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan by the university's Board of Visitors in 2009. With the establishment of the Office of Energy and Sustainability in the Facilities Services Department, he assumed the responsibility for overseeing the implementation of the sustainability plan. Denny spearheads the university’s participation in the AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) Program. Previous positions held at the university include commander and department head of the Army ROTC program, executive assistant to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and executive assistant to the vice president for business affairs. A native of Northern Virginia, Denny holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech, a M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, and an MBA from Long Island University. He has a Professional Engineering License from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Cochrane was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army on June 6, 1970, and served a distinguished 30-year active duty military career primarily in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Task Force Chair - Recruiting:
LTC David P. Williams ’79, Highty-Tighties, Band Company Commander. A retired lieutenant colonel who served for 24 years in the Army National Guard, and is now the director of auxiliary services at the Virginia Military Institute. Married to the former Elizabeth Jenkins, horticulture ’79; they have two young adult daughters, both Hokies. Williams also serves as the executive vice president of the Highty-Tighty Alumni, Inc.
Task Force Chair – Career Development:
Lt Col Scott Pearl ’84, U.S. Air Force, is a proud graduate of E Squadron and the College of Engineering’s industrial and systems engineering department. He later earned an M.S. in engineering management from the University of Dayton and an M.S. in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Maryland. Pearl spent 21 years on Air Force active duty as a manufacturing engineer and as an acquisition program manager, working on a variety of weapon systems across the full lifecycle of development and sustainment. He led government and industry teams developing and producing the F-101 engine, the B-1B, the F-22, and the Joint Standoff Weapon, as well as modifications and sustainment of C-9, C-12, C-21, C-38, and KC-10 aircraft. His career assignments took him to Ohio, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C. Upon retirement, Pearl became a civil servant, working as the deputy division chief of the manufacturing and industrial technologies division within the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He and his family, which includes three active boys, live in Beavercreek, Ohio.
Task Force Chair – Development:
Mrs. Deborah Tillotson ’78, L Squadron, B.S. mechanical engineering, M.E. systems engineering ’87. Deborah commissioned in the Air Force, serving four years in the GPS Program Office Space Segment as a satellite engineer. Deborah brings over 30 years of industry experience in space and ground systems program management, engineering, development and operations. Currently with Vencore (formerly The SI Organization) as director, integration, she is responsible for acquisitions integration. Deborah has been active with on-campus recruiting for GE and Lockheed Martin, served on the Dean of Engineering’s Industry Advisory Board (IAB) and was a co-founder of the Center for Engineering Diversity IAB. She currently serves on the Dean of Students Parent’s Committee and is a member of the College of Engineering’s Committee of 100. Deborah resides in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Dan, an engineer and pilot, and their son, Ian, a 2014 Corps of Cadets Alumni and second lieutenant in the Air Force in pilot training. Deborah serves as lead of the Development Task Force.
Task Force Chair - Museum:
Mr. Danny R. Mills, ’64, graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in ceramic engineering. He served for two years of active duty in Vietnam with the 1stInfantry Division’s 701st Maintenance Battalion, followed by four years of reserve duty. He worked in various positions in the refractory industry before retiring in 2008 as the vice president of regional operations for the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology. Today, he continues service to the Corps as the lead for the Museum Task Force. Dan lives in Christiansburg and enjoys Hokie sports, mountain hiking, and model boat building. He and his wife, Joan, have two sons, Todd ’96, a U.S. Navy Reserve commander, and Nathan ’99, a senior buyer, Cab Exterior Volvo Trucks. Both sons were cadets.
President, Highty-Tighty Alumni, Inc.:
Mr. Chuck Rowell, '71, Highty-Tighties. After graduation, Chuck played trumpet professionally for 1 1/2 years and toured the southeastern U.S. In 1973, he joined the New York Life in Roanoke, Virginia, as a sales rep. In 1978, Chuck entered management and served as managing partner in West Virginia, Roanoke, Chicago, and finally Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chuck and his wife, Brenda, retired in January 2009 to Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, and he became an executive coach for training New York Life managers for the next four years. Currently, Chuck is a zone director for Seguros Monterrey-New York Life in Mexico City and serves as a vice president for the Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America in Roanoke.
CEO, VT Foundation:
Dr. John Dooley became the chief executive officer (CEO) for the Virginia Tech Foundation Inc. on July 1, 2012, following 10 years as Virginia Tech’s vice president for Outreach and International Affairs. As CEO, he provides leadership and management to maximizing the benefit of Virginia Tech’s private assets in support of university programs and initiatives. Previous leadership positions at Virginia Tech include: associate provost for University Outreach (2001-03), assistant dean of the College of Human Resources and Education (1996-2001), associate director, Virginia Cooperative Extension (1995-2001), executive director of the Virginia 4-H Foundation (1991-95), and director of the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center (1982-91).
Jim Archer ‘72
Lt Col Tom Beam '73
Gary Boward '86
Jacob Braun ‘00
Lonnie Brooks ‘67
John L. Cahoon ‘59
Richardson Carpenter ‘67
Jesse Counihan '08
David J. Dempsey ’76
LTC James Flynn, Jr. ‘64
Dr. Jesse Fowler ‘64
Gregory C. Godsey ‘86
William J. Gouldin ‘04
Lt Col Denise A. Greenfield ‘88
F. Staley Hester, Jr. ’64
Lt Col Drew Hodges ‘75
LTC Patrick Hogeboom, IV ‘94
LTC Eugene M. Huffman ‘64
LTC Gary Jackson ‘78
Jay Jacobsmeyer ‘81
COL Lewis Jeffries ‘64
CPT Peter Laclede ‘10
David Ellis Lowe ‘63
COL R. Scott Lyman ’84
Jordan McCauley ‘12
Lt Col Mike Miller ‘93
Dan Mills ‘64
LTC Dee Morris ’76
Lt Col Gary Obermeyer ‘86
CDR Valerie Overstreet ‘91
Greg Porter ’62
Bob Quisenberry ‘62
Casey Roberts ‘06
Col James Roberts Jr. ‘62
Donald Clay Robertson ’67
Charles F. Rowell ‘71
Harold Schneikert ‘65
Dr. Raleigh F. Seay ‘66
James Stark ‘67
Bill Sterling ‘80
MG Thomas T. Thompson ‘ 56
COL Nick Valdrighi ‘57
Brig Gen Tom Verbeck ‘73
MG Tim Williams ‘84
Col Ray Yount, Jr. ‘68