Charles W. Steger, who assumed the presidency of Virginia Tech in 2000 and led the institution during the mass shooting six years ago that claimed 33 lives, announced on Tuesday that he planned to step down. The university said Mr. Steger would remain on the job until his successor was chosen and took office.
Mr. Steger, a three-time Virginia Tech graduate, has been credited with improving the university’s finances and research capabilities, and guiding the Hokies as they joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Some critics took issue, however, with the university’s response to the 2007 shootings. Mr. Steger was dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits stemming from the shootings, but the parents who successfully sued the state over their daughters’ deaths have asked the Virginia Supreme Court to overturn the ruling on Mr. Steger’s culpability. The court is expected to hear arguments in that appeal in June.
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