Honors Residential Commons 
at Virginia Tech

   "In fellowship, all things grow."

HRC Faculty and Staff Leadership

The faculty and staff leaders have an important role in defining the residential college experience by bridging the proverbial curricular/co-curricular gap, thereby strengthening the academic and intellectual climate of the community.  While different universities use different nomenclature for their administrative structure (see "How to Build a Residential College"), all emphasize the importance of faculty presence.  At Virginia Tech, the Faculty Principal, Student Life Coordinator, and Administrative Graduate Fellow all live in the community (East Ambler Johnston Hall) and provide guidance and support for the student leadership.  In addition, there is a Project Specialist and Area Office Manager that work in the building and provide support for both of the residential colleges in Ambler Johnston Hall.  We are also supported by the outstanding professionals with the Virginia Tech Honors College.

Faculty Principal


Eric Kaufman, 2014 - present


Eric K. Kaufman is an Associate Professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech.  He coordinates the graduate certificate program in Collaborative Community Leadership and supports the undergraduate minor in Leadership and Social Change.  Dr. Kaufman’s research interests include collegiate leadership education and leadership development with adults in community and volunteer settings.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University (2000); both his Master’s and his Doctor of Philosophy degrees are from the University of Florida (2004 and 2007).  Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Dr. Kaufman was a high school Agriscience teacher in Florida (2000-2003) and then program coordinator for Florida’s Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (2004–2007).  To learn more about his background and projects, connect with him on LinkedIn:


Student Life Coordinator

Amanda Eagan, 2016 - present 


Amanda Eagan joined the Honors Residential Commons as the Student Life Coordinator (SLC) in spring 2016, at the same time she was completing her master's degree in Higher Education at Virginia Tech. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management from Saint Louis University and has a specific interest in student activities and leadership development both inside and outside the residence halls. Amanda is excited to work with students as they learn more about themselves, others, and the world around them. As the SLC, Amanda is a resource for all HRC fellows and works to promote the intellectual growth of the community. She supervises the RA staff and helps to support student leadership in the community. Contact her with any questions at aeagan2@vt.edu.

Administrative Graduate Fellow

Andrew Riddle, 2015 - Present

Andrew Riddle will be joining the HRC community this year as the new Graduate Administrative Fellow. After four amazing years as a VCU Ram, Andrew’s undergraduate degree was a B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry. He then decided to further his education by pursuing a Master’s of Public Health degree with a concentration in public health education. By his second year at Virginia Tech, Andrew also hopes to have a graduate certificate in global planning and international development studies. From movie nights to contra dancing, and from cliff diving to trying new restaurants, Andrew is definitely a busy bee and enjoys being involved in the community. Previously he was an RA for three years, along with being highly involved in student organizations such as Alternative Spring Break and Persian American Students. Andrew is always ready for the next spontaneous adventure and looks forward to meeting all the new Hokies!

Affiliated Staff

The following individuals have offices in Ambler Johnston Hall and provide direct support to HRC operations:

  • Maggie Holmes, Area Office Manager, Ambler Johnston Hall 1316, meholmes@vt.edu, 540-231-5018
  • Lisa Abbott, Residential Colleges Project Specialist, Ambler Johnston Hall 1317a, lbabbott@vt.edu, 540-231-0310

We are also supported by the outstanding professionals with the Virginia Tech Honors College:

Address: 700 Washington St SW, Blacksburg VA 24061

Phone: +1 (540) 231-2497

Email: aeagan2@vt.edu

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