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Cover Story
John Padgett

Making magic

John Padgett, a vice president at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, leads his team to create next-level guest experiences.

Dean's Message
Robert Sumichrast

From Robert T. Sumichrast

Dean Sumichrast welcomes alumni to the new Virginia Tech Business magazine and shares some early thoughts on his plans for the future of the college.


Research
G. Alan Wang

Wisdom 2.0: Expert recognition in the virtual world

The system that Alan Wang helped develop allows users to find the most recognized experts on a given topic.

Elise Ince

Disfluency: The benefits of making information hard to read

Research by Elise Chandon Ince shows that increasing information processing difficulty can improve marketing returns.

Understanding consumers

Marc Junkunc

Can you teach that?
Equipping tomorrow's entrepreneurs

College education plays a valuable role in creating better ideas and better entrepreneurs, says Marc Junkunc.



Alumni
Doug Wagoner

Splitting SAIC

Doug Wagoner led the division of a Fortune 500 company with more than $11 billion in annual revenue and 38,000 employees.

Q&A


Best career decision

Boy holding stuffed animal

Bonus Story: EMBA alum launches Roughy Toys

Rich Twilley's company provides a toy to a child in need for every one that it sells.



Notables
Robert Sumichrast

Robert Sumichrast named the Richard E. Sorensen Dean

The Richard E. Sorensen Dean's Chair was established in 2012 to provide discretionary funds for outstanding academic and research programs.

Steve Skripak

Pamplin restructures MBA to expand Northern Virginia programs

In response to student demand, Pamplin will increase enrollments in its executive and part-time MBA formats in metro Washington, D.C.

EMBA building

New home for Executive MBA

The Executive MBA program moved to the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington this past spring.

Innovate workshop

Living-learning community teaches entrepreneurship

Led by Pamplin's Marc Junkunc, the "Innovate" community will give 35 incoming students the chance to immerse themselves in many facets of entrepreneurship.

Look who's talking

Brian CallaghanMichael AldrichSusan Phillips BariChristine Todd WhitmanMichael Greve

Recent speakers at Pamplin included entrepreneur Brian Callaghan, investment manager Michael Aldrich, real estate agent Susan Bari, former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, and law professor Michael Greve.