Pamplin Advisory Council

Sounding board, advocate, bridge to business

Pamplin Advisory Council members standing in front of a staircase
Associate dean of undergraduate programs Candi Clemenz (front, left) and undergraduate career services advisor Stuart Mease (front, right) with members of the student recruitment and placement committee. From left: Mark Spencer (FIN ’92), Mark Maloney (HRIM ’82), Shirley Edwards (ACCT ’82), Harrison Jones, Bridget Ryan Berman (BAD ’82), Jeanette Hubbard (ACCT ’81), and Kurt Krause (MKTG ’80). Back, center: Jacob Lutz (FIN ’78).

Student enrollments and employment success, study abroad, business partnerships, and college funding were among the topics discussed at the annual meeting of the Pamplin Advisory Council last fall.

The council currently comprises 76 alumni and friends of the college who provide broad guidance to dean Richard E. Sorensen, college associate deans, and department and other program heads. Its members serve as a source of counsel and ideas, a sounding board, an advocate, and a bridge to the business world.

Representing a range of backgrounds, expertise, and interests, the members include current and retired senior executives at multinational corporations, leaders at nonprofit institutions, and entrepreneurs. Sorensen, who stays in touch with council members throughout the year, says: “I receive many recommendations, in particular, about people I should contact — who can come and speak to a class, for example, or help us with student recruitment or placement, or provide financial support for our programs.”

In addition to the annual meeting, members also confer periodically during the year through their committees: executive, business partnerships, planning, fundraising, international programs, and student recruitment and placement.

Similar advisory boards have been established in the MBA program and the departments of accounting and information systems, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, marketing, and the Business Technology Center.



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