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Virginia Tech classified and university staff in pay bands 2 or 3 who perform a variety of duties including office management, bookkeeping, project management, and supervision of other administrative personnel.


Since 1996, the Administrative Professional Development Program (APDP) has provided an opportunity for professional growth to more than 400 university employees in administrative support roles.

Members of the program are able to exchange ideas, while developing and enhancing their skills and abilities. Through the Administrative Professional Development Program, participants can gain a better understanding of campus policies, procedures and programs, enhance their supervisory and communication skills, and increase their confidence in carrying out complex roles.


The program requires two to three hours of time each month and participants are required to attend a minimum of six scheduled sessions in order to receive a certificate. Classes meet on the second Tuesday of each month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in North End Center. Classes begin Tuesday, September 11 and will continue through May. Sessions include presentations on leadership, communication, and other skill building activities.

Nomination process

Nominations for the 2018-19 Administrative Professional Development Program cohort are currently being accepted through Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.

Nominations must made using this form, and must be completed and signed by the nominee’s immediate supervisor. 

Individuals selected for the 2017-18 Administrative Professional Development Program cohort will be notified by Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.


Free, but space is limited.