Sean Collins has been appointed as Innovate director in the college’s Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He will lead and support Virginia Tech’s Innovate living-learning community focused on entrepreneurship, a key program of the Apex Systems Center, in partnership with Housing and Residence Life. Collins, who received an MBA from Virginia Tech in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Military Institute in 2001, was vice president of product development at Victory Media, a privately-held talent management and workforce development company.
Cliff Ragsdale professor of business information technology, has been appointed academic director of Pamplin’s Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics. Ragsdale will lead the center, also known as CBIA, together with executive director Linda Oldham. He succeeds accounting and information systems professor Patrick Fan, who has led the center since it was formed in the fall of 2013. Fan and business information technology professor Terry Rakes, who had served as associate director, will continue to participate in the center as CBIA Fellows.
Donna Wertalik, has been appointed director of marketing. She will help develop a marketing strategy to promote Pamplin and implement that strategy through a range of activities. Wertalik will continue to serve as the faculty liaison for the student social media group PRISM and will continue to teach as an associate professor of practice in the marketing department. She is also the faculty advisor to Pi Sigma Epsilon.
Robert M. Brown
Robert M. Brown, who held the Curling Professorship in the accounting and information systems department, has been conferred the title of “professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Brown, who joined Virginia Tech in 1977, is recognized as a leading scholar on financial market reaction to financial information. He has published 39 papers in leading academic and practitioner journals and has made numerous presentations at professional meetings. Brown served as department head for eight years before returning to full-time teaching in July 2011.
J. Lawrence French
J. Lawrence French, associate professor of management, has been conferred the title of “associate professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. French, who joined Virginia Tech in 1987, supported the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the Department of Management and Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region campus. French brought international visibility to Virginia Tech through his work in global business ethics and the social and economic problems of emerging economies.
Suzanne Murrmann, professor of hospitality and tourism management, has been conferred the title of “professor emerita” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Murrmann, who joined Virginia Tech in 1982, has focused on human resource management, labor relations and due-process systems in unionized and nonunion settings, and service quality management. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reviews.
Julie L. Ozanne
Julie L. Ozanne, professor of marketing, has been conferred the title of “professor emerita” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Ozanne, who joined Virginia Tech in 1985, has made significant contributions to the understanding of marketing through her work in transformative consumer research, social innovation through new models of exchange, and extending methodologies of social change. She has organized several professional conferences and has served as a reviewer for national and international journals.