Dr. Mark G. McNamee served as senior vice president and provost at Virginia Tech from 2001-2015. As provost, he was the university's chief academic officer responsible for all undergraduate, graduate, research, and outreach programs of the university.
Dr. McNamee received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1968 and his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Stanford University in 1973. He then served two years as a postdoctoral associate at Columbia University.
At Virginia Tech, Dr. McNamee extended the university's efforts to expand research and educational opportunities in biomedical and health sciences, bioinformatics, information technology, nanoscience, and the arts. He led the effort to restructure the schools and colleges in order to position Virginia Tech for enhanced excellence across the disciplines, and his work resulted in one of the largest reorganizations in the university's history. He also played a critical role in diversifying the university's ranks in support of inclusive excellence and the Principles of Community.
Dr. McNamee is a board member of the National Institute of Aerospace and the Science Museum of Western Virginia, and a member of the COACHE National Advisory Council. He also served as principal investigator of the National Science Foundation AdvanceVT program.
Before joining Virginia Tech’s administration, Dr. McNamee spent 26 years on the faculty at the University of California at Davis where he served from 1993-2001 as dean of the Division of Biological Sciences. He chaired the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics from 1990-1993. His research focused on the structure and function of biological membranes, with an emphasis on acetylcholine receptors in the nervous system. Dr. McNamee is a tenured professor of biochemistry and biological sciences at Virginia Tech.