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BLACKSBURG, Va. ( – Timothy Sands is Virginia Tech’s new president. The school’s board of visitors voted on the decision Friday afternoon.

Sands’ appointment will not be effective until June 1, 2014. Sands, 55, is the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of Purdue University. He’s held that position since April 2010. He also served as Purdue’s acting president during the fall semester of 2012.

Charles Steger has been Virginia Tech’s president since 2000. Steger announced in May that he is stepping down.

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