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Former Virginia Tech President Charles Steger Joins Focused Ultrasound Foundation Council


Charlottesville, VA (July 30, 2015) – Former Virginia Tech President Charles Steger has joined the Council of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation.

Charles Steger“Throughout my career, I have thrived on creating environments to push the frontiers of knowledge,” says Steger. “I am excited to work with the Foundation as they play a critical role in advancing development of focused ultrasound — an early-stage technology with incredible potential to transform patient care.”

“We are honored to welcome such a visionary leader and passionate investor in education and innovation,” said Foundation Chairman Neal F. Kassell, MD. “Having overseen the creation of the medical school at Virginia Tech, Charles’ contributions will be valuable as we fuel research and empower the next generation to shape the future of medicine.”

Dr. Steger’s presidency was one of the longest and most impactful terms in Virginia Tech history. He created interdisciplinary institutes, grew the research portfolio by 250 percent, oversaw the creation of a medical school and concluded a fundraising campaign that exceeded $1 billion. During his 14-year tenure, more buildings were constructed than under any Virginia Tech administration. Graduate and undergraduate enrollment and profiles reached all-time highs. In 2003, he was appointed by Governor Warner to chair the Steering Committee on Research Capabilities and Centers of Excellence. He chaired the board for the Center for Innovative Technology, served on the board of the Jefferson National Lab, served on the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and was Vice President of the Council of Presidents and chair of the Executive Committee of the Southeastern Universities Research Association. Today, Dr. Steger is on the board of the National Institute of Building Sciences, a member of the Economic Club of Washington, and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects.

Focused Ultrasound Foundation
The Focused Ultrasound Foundation was created to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide by accelerating the development of focused ultrasound, an early-stage noninvasive therapeutic technology with the potential to transform the treatment of many serious medical disorders. The Foundation works to clear the path to global adoption by coordinating and funding research, fostering collaboration, and building awareness among patients and professionals. The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that focused ultrasound finds its place as a mainstream therapy for a range of conditions within years, not decades. Since its establishment in 2006, the Foundation has become the largest non-governmental source of funding for focused ultrasound research. More information can be found at