Keith Gay

Academic Advisor
1046 Pamplin Hall


Keith is responsible for advising a portion of the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Pamplin College of Business. He also evaluates transfer credit and work closely with prospective transfer students from other institutions. In addition, he is the liaison to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets as well as Services for Students with Disabilities.


Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Keith is a Hokie, a 28-year Air Force veteran, and a professional academic advisor.

During his military career, Keith served as a behavioral scientist, an assistant professor and academic advisor at the United States Air Force Academy, a human resource program manager, and a commander. He was assigned to numerous duty locations in the continental U.S. and abroad, including the Pentagon, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Headquarters Air Training Command, a deployment to the Middle East, and the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

For his final active duty assignment, Keith was assigned to Virginia Tech in July 2006 as an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor. After retiring from the Air Force in January 2010, he returned to the faculty as a University Studies academic advisor. In addition to his advising responsibilities in that role, he also taught the department’s first-year experience course, served as the project lead for the university’s annual Majors Fair, and advised general biosciences majors in the College of Science. In July 2015, he joined the Pamplin College of Business as an academic advisor.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Virginia Tech in 1980 and his master’s degree in psychology from Radford University in 1981.

Outside of work, Keith enjoys spending time with his wife Suzanne, volunteering, and hiking. Both are avid Hokie sports fans who enjoy attending games and watching televised games.