Virginia Tech Dining Services names Ted Faulkner director

News, Ted Faulkner, Virginia Tech, dining directorDec. 14—Ted Faulkner has been named director of Dining Services at 30,000-student Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va.

Faulkner had been senior associate director for Dining Services since February 2011. He started at VT in 1998 as a nutritionist at Shultz Dining Center. He later served as unit manager at Southgate Food Center and unit manager senior at Dietrick Dining Hall and then as associate director. Faulkner had been serving as interim director since Richard Johnson left VT for Duke University in January.

“Ted Faulkner possesses a contagious enthusiasm for Dining Services at Virginia Tech," Frank Shushok Jr., associate vice president for student affairs, said in a press release. "In his 14 years here, Ted has championed a dining experience that places students first, offers exceptional quality and has garnered Virginia Tech a national reputation for excellence. I am grateful that Ted has said yes and will lead the next iteration of Dining Services, and we both agree that advances in sustainability, investment in the development of personnel, and a commitment to participatory management and collaboration will be hallmarks of Dining Services in the days ahead.”

Faulkner has an associate's degree in social sciences from Jamestown Community College in New York and a bachelor’s degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management from Virginia Tech. Prior to his career at Virginia Tech, Faulkner served as director of food and beverage at the Marriott Blacksburg and Four Points Hotel by Sheraton.

“I look forward to the great opportunity in providing a holistic and dynamic dining program to the students, staff and university community,” Faulkner said in the release. “It is an honor to be working with one of the very best Dining Services staff in the entire country and sharing in their future successes."

Faulkner will assume his new role in mid-February.