July 1, 2015
Current Term Expires:
June 30, 2019
Minnis E. Ridenour
Minnis E. Ridenour joined Virginia Tech in 1974 as the University's Budget Director and Chief Business Officer. He later served as Vice President for Finance until his promotion in 1987 to Executive Vice President. In May, 2001, Mr. Ridenour was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and served in this position until 2004 when he assumed the position of Senior Fellow for Resource Development. As Senior Fellow, Mr. Ridenour was responsible for leading the effort to restructure higher education in the Commonwealth on behalf of Virginia Tech. In 2005, Mr. Ridenour retired from full-time service but continues his involvement with Virginia Tech by working with graduate students. Mr. Ridenour and his graduate-student team provided support to the Governor’s Commission for Higher Education Reform, Innovation, and Investment. Mr. Ridenour continues to teach graduate-level courses in financial management for governmental and non-profit entities.
Mr. Ridenour attended the University of Tennessee where he received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and retailing and his master’s degree in higher education administration with a focus in finance.
He was employed in Marketing, Research, and Planning with the First Union National Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina, and also held positions as Data Analyst, Research Associate, Coordinator, and Director of the Office of Institutional Research at The University of Tennessee.
Mr. Ridenour has been extremely active in service to his community and the Commonwealth serving as president of the Greater Blacksburg Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Hollins University Board of Trustees, and a member of the Governor's Block Grant Advisory Committee. He has also served in various capacities for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). In 2001, he received the NACUBO Distinguished Business Officers Award.
In addition to being involved in community activities, Mr. Ridenour and his wife Louise Leitch Ridenour devote considerable time to volunteer work and mission efforts through the United Methodist Church, especially in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.