Ben Grove is the associate director for strategic partnerships and engagement for Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' (CALS) Global Programs and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE). His focus is increasing opportunities for international engagement by faculty, staff, and students of the college and Extension programs. He builds internal and external partnerships to support global engagement, as well as provides leadership to faculty and student programs.
Grove was previously a member of the CALS advancement team for 10 years, serving as the assistant director of development and the associate director of development and as a director of development for Virginia Cooperative Extension.
In development programs, Grove was primarily responsible for major-gift fundraising to support CALS and Extension programs, activities, and positions. Prior to Virginia Tech, he spent five years in quality assurance and sales roles in the meat and poultry industry in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and in Atlanta.
Grove was a member of the inaugural class of Virginia Agricultural Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR) and served on the Pamplin MBA Advisory Board. His professional experience includes programs in Africa, South America, Central America, Europe, and Oceania.
Grove earned a bachelor's degree in animal and poultry sciences and a master's degree in business administration, both from Virginia Tech. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in planning, governance, and globalization in Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs.