Ted Faulkner has served as the director of Dining Services since 2012, bringing more than 40 years of food service experience to the position.
Faulkner started at Virginia Tech in 1998 and has been involved in the redesign of four award-winning dining centers, the development of the Turner Place dining center in Lavery Hall, along with initiatives to improve the program’s sustainability.
During that time, the department has received numerous honors including an Ivy award, twice named College/University Innovator of the Year by Food Management magazine, and won several grand and gold prizes at the National Association of College & University Food Services’ Loyal E. Horton awards. For the last 15 years, Virginia Tech has also been ranked in the top 10 dining programs in the country by Princeton Review.
Faulkner has also received the Silver Plate Award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, the Premier Illuminating Excellence Award for Food Service Operator of the Year, and the President’s Award for Excellence at Virginia Tech in 2017.
He has an associate degree in social sciences from Jamestown Community College in New York and a bachelor's degree from the Department of Hospitality and Tourism in the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech.