Christopher H. Kiwus was appointed as the associate vice president and chief facilities officer in June 2014 after retiring from the United States Navy as the commanding officer of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast.
Kiwus, who retired as a captain, has more than 30 years of experience in facilities planning, engineering, maintenance, construction contracting, and support service contracts.
Kiwus provides leadership for the more than 400 Facilities Department employees and oversees the care, maintenance, and development of Virginia Tech’s growing campus, which spans more than 2,600 acres with 125 buildings and an airport.
Kiwus is also responsible for the current $150 million capital project program. In addition, he is responsible for the Virginia Tech Electric Service, the operation of the Hokie Stone quarry, the university's power plant, the university architect, space management, real estate management, renovation and construction services, among others.
Kiwus earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Union College and a bachelor's degree in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has a master's degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College, and a Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Rutgers University. He is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and is a registered professional engineer in Florida.