Purdue's Provost, a Possible Penn State Candidate, Will Head Virginia Tech

[Updated (12/6/2013, 5:59 p.m.) with comment from Penn State.]

Virginia Tech on Friday named Timothy D. Sands, provost of Purdue University, as its next president. His hiring removes from the mix another possible candidate for the presidency at Pennsylvania State University, where Mr. Sands had been among "a small number of candidates" being considered, a source familiar with the negotiations said.

It is unclear how deep into the process Mr. Sands may have been at