During its June meeting, the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors conferred the emeritus title on Charles Taylor, a professor in the Department of Political Science.

Taylor pursued scholarship related to the analysis of political and social stability across nation-states, with a focus on quantitative indicators of political and social conditions and on methodological techniques for employing such data. He served as Head of the Department of Political Science and was instrumental in creating the International Studies program in the department.

For his contributions to the university, he was recognized with the Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising and the Alumni Award for International Outreach.  Taylor joined the Virginia Tech community in 1970; he earned his bachelor’s degree from Carson Newman College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Yale University.