Virginia Tech president to write book

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The retiring president of Virginia Tech says he plans to write a book that will reflect in part on the April 2007 campus massacre and the resiliency of the Blacksburg community after that "unprecedented tragedy."

In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Charles Steger says he is proud that Tech has been elevated to the national and international stage because of its research programs and a number of other achievements under his 14-year tenure.

The 65-year-old Steger announced his retirement Tuesday. He acknowledged in the interview that the 33 killings that occurred at Tech on April 16, 2007, will be a part of his legacy.

He also defended his actions that day. Some have criticized the delay in alerting the campus to the first two shootings.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell released a statement Tuesday about Dr. Steger's retirement, saying "the Commonwealth will forever be indebted to Dr. Steger for his leadership and strategic vision in transforming the land grant institution into one of the leading research institutions in the nation."

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