Dr. Rosemary Blieszner

Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Human Development

Interim Dean Rosemary Blieszner

Rosemary Blieszner became interim dean of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in March 2017.

“Rosemary brings a record of outstanding scholarship in her field, and her visionary leadership is a true asset to this college and the university,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Thanassis Rikakis in appointing her. “The range of roles she has held at the university not only demonstrates her strong leadership capabilities, but gives her valuable insight into the current perspectives and future needs of our faculty, staff, and students. She is, above all, passionate about the future success of Virginia Tech.”

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1981, Dr. Blieszner was named Alumni Distinguished Professor of Human Development in 2002. For more than 30 years, she helped lead the Center for Gerontology as its associate director. In addition, she served as associate dean of the Graduate School from 2009 to 2017 and, more recently, as chair of the Steering Committee of Beyond Boundaries, the university’s visioning initiative.

In 2014, Dr. Blieszner was elected president of the Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. Her scholarship includes writing or editing six books, 42 book chapters, and 78 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Blieszner holds a bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst College, a master’s degree from the Ohio State University, and a doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University.