Dr. Rosemary Blieszner

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

Interim Dean Rosemary Blieszner

Rosemary Blieszner was named dean of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in September 2017, following six months of service as interim dean.

“Rosemary’s proven leadership and outstanding record of service and scholarship will provide strength and direction for the college, and create new opportunities for its faculty, staff, and students,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Thanassis Rikakis in appointing her dean. “I share the trust and confidence that the college’s Executive Council has in her leadership and look forward to continuing our highly productive and collaborative relationship as we work together to move Virginia Tech forward.”

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.