Claire Childress

Associate Director - Career Development and College Relations

Claire has worked for Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development for over 20 years. She leads a team of four advisors and a graduate assistant who work with the Graduate School and the Colleges of Architecture and Urban Studies, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and University Studies, assisting students with career decision making, gaining career-related experience, developing career readiness and establishing their plans for after graduation. A 2012 graduate of the Appreciative Advising Institute, Claire is a passionate advocate for and practitioner of appreciative advising. A former President of the Virginia Association of Colleges and Employers, Claire served as Director of Professional Development for the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers from 2015-2017. Prior to her career in higher education, she worked in healthcare marketing/public relations and banking. Claire brings a global perspective to her work where she has traveled to over 10 countries and spent her junior year as an undergraduate studying abroad at the University of Reading in Reading, England. Claire loves being a wife and mother, cooking, reading, writing, traveling, and helping Hokies reach their dreams.

Educational background

M.B.A.
Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia

B.A. cum laude, Economics
Randolph-Macon Woman's College
Lynchburg, Virginia

Professional Affiliations

Active in SoACE and VACE

Prior roles in SoACE: Nominating Committee, Fall 2017 and Fall 2009; Director, Professional Development, SoACE Board of Directors, 2015–2017; Local Arrangements Co-Chair, SoACE Conference Committee, Jan 2013-Dec 2014; Professional Development Liaison, Experiential Education Knowledge Group, 2012–2013; SoACE 2013-14 Task Force for state/regional collaboration, 2013-2014

Prior roles in VACE: President Elect, President, Immediate Past President, 2008- 2011; Co-Chair, Entertainment/Hospitality, VACE 2012, 2013, 2017 Annual Conferences; College Director, VACE Board of Directors, 2006 – 2008; Co-Chair, VACE 2007 and 2008 Annual Conferences; Program Co-Chair, VACE 2006 Annual Conference; Newcomers Co-Chair, VACE 2005 Annual Conference; Newsletter Editor, 2002–2005; Program Co-Chair, VACE 2004 Annual Conference; Entertainment Co-Chair, VACE 2003 Annual Conference; Program Team and Registration Team, VACE 2002 Annual Conference; Publicity Chair, Program Team, VACE 2001 Annual Conference; 2008 Patricia J. Carretta Special Achievement Award, 2003 VACE Emerging Leader Award

Claire would love to meet you to talk about your career plans. To make an appointment, please call 540-231-6241.