Tony Mastracci has been named the assistant dean for finance and administration for the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design (AAD) at Virginia Tech.

Mastracci joins Virginia Tech with nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, nonprofit organization management, and as an analyst for state and local government agencies. He began his new role on March 10.

“We are very fortunate to have Tony join the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design in this strategic leadership role to support and advance our mission and the priorities of Virginia Tech,” said interim Dean Rosemary Blieszner. “Tony’s knowledge and experiences in the public and private sectors will help AAD progress, align our operations and resources, and plan for our future.”

As the college’s chief fiscal officer, Mastracci will be a member of the dean’s executive leadership committee and oversee and manage areas relating to the college’s financial, facilities, and information technology operations. He will develop the annual budget, coordinate resources, manage the college’s scholarship funds, and assist the dean and college leadership with management analysis and planning for college initiatives and projects. As the assistant dean for finance and administration, Mastracci also will serve as the liaison to Virginia Tech’s Division of Campus Planning, Infrastructure, and Facilities.

Mastracci was a key contributor in the Office of Strategic Budgeting and Planning at George Mason University before accepting the assistant dean position at Virginia Tech. His responsibilities included management of George Mason’s budget incentive model, preparation of short- and long-term financial plans and analysis, and collaboration as a member of several universitywide working groups.

Prior to joining the staff at George Mason, Mastracci taught for six years as an associate instructor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah and served as the chief operating officer for the Community Foundation of Utah. Mastracci led the Community Foundation of Utah’s efforts in creating leadership programs for executive directors for nonprofit organizations in rural Utah and also guided the foundation’s work in a multi-entity collaboration that directed government resources toward social programs providing services for vulnerable individuals.

For nine of his 11 years with Mercy Housing Lakefront in Chicago, Mastracci served as regional vice president of operations for the nonprofit organization. He developed the annual budget, managed the organization’s financial health and portfolio of assets, and supervised compliance in all critical aspects as the organization assisted more than 7,000 residents in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin as a provider of affordable housing and supportive social services. Mastracci directed the government contract allocation process and developed the organization’s evaluation projects and operational dashboard as compliance and evaluation director in his first two years there.

“I am very grateful to be joining the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design at Virginia Tech and am excited to work with the leadership team to continue to build on the successes of this creative community of scholars, professionals, and students,” Mastracci said.

Mastracci earned his Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in August 2021. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and an Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University.

In addition to his background as a management executive, Mastracci’s resume includes time as an associate instructor at the Institute for Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and an adjunct lecturer in Northwestern University’s Business Institutions Program in the Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences.

Mastracci has lent his organizational and management talents to several advisory boards and committees focusing on education, community development, and public-private partnerships.

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