- B.A., Seton Hill College (biology/chemistry/english/philosophy, 1968)
- Teaching Certificate, Clarion State College (1971)
- M.S., University of Louisville (biology, 1974)
Pat Hipkins was hired as Assistant Coordinator in 1989. She is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Entomology. Ms. Hipkin's training includes a B.A. in biology/chemistry/english and philosophy (1968, Seton Hill College), and a M.S. in biology (1974, University of Louisville). Ms. Hipkins also holds a teaching certification (1971, Clarion State College). Prior to coming to Virginia Tech she worked as a high school science teacher in Montgomery County Schools, as a biology instructor at Hood College, and as a research assistant at the University of Louisville. During her tenure she has led efforts to incorporate hands-on demonstrations into the pesticide safety education program, supported an extensive and very active in-service education program for Extension agents, and has been a key leader in the West Africa pesticide safety education program in Mali through USAID and the IPM CRSP program. In 2007, Pat was awarded the Pesticide Stewardship Program Award for her outreach efforts by the Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA). Ms. Hipkins has been a leader of The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance and the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators. She is married to Lloyd Hipkins (also a senior research associate and extension weed scientist). They have two sons and live in Newport, Virginia. Pat retired in 2016.