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Robert Sumichrast


Meet the new dean

Since taking the helm in July 2013, Robert Sumichrast has embarked on a torrid pace of change. He has challenged college stakeholders to undertake a cultural transformation, with calls to "expect more" and "build community."



Six things you may not know
about Pamplin's new dean

Learn about the childhood experiences that sparked Sumichrast's interest in operations management. Find out whether he is a talented musician or a skilled chef. And how do you pronounce his last name?


Research
Vince Magnini

Wow your customers

Vince Magnini, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, authored 20 essential habits to help service businesses boost their performance.

Lara Khansa

Managing healthcare through information technology

Virginia Tech's master of information technology program offers a popular two-course healthcare systems module.

Yael Zemack Rugar

Goal success or failure

Almost every consumer choice is made in the context of a previous choice, says Yael Zemack-Rugar, assistant professor of marketing. The way consumers respond to an initial slip is key to long-term outcomes.

A marriage of interests

Lara Khansa, associate professor of business information technology, drew from her experience in healthcare software engineering and her interest in medicine to develop a foundation course in health information technology.



Alumni
James Rosenstock

Helping inspire the world

As president of Discovery Education International, James Rosenstock is growing the company's market share for digital K-12 products and services.

Dress rehearsal for
the professional world

Chris Shean

Transcending time and distance

Colorado resident Chris Shean, senior vice president and CFO of Liberty Media, stays connected to Pamplin through service and giving.



Notables
U.S. News rankings logo

Master of IT ranked
No. 2 in nation

The program uses innovative technology to engage an online classroom of students from around the world.

Big Data

New center to study big data

The Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics will support research, teaching, and outreach related to data-intensive decision making.

BASIS logo

Policy change gives BASIS more investment choices

Student investors now have greater flexibility in selecting securities and adjusting their allocations.

Students on Wall Street

Goldman Sachs recruits Virginia Tech students

Pamplin students engaged with alumni from Goldman Sachs during a seminar on campus and through visits to the company's NYC headquarters.

Look who's talking

John DingellChristopher Halmy

Congressman John Dingell shared insights from his 58 years of service as a guest speaker at the Executive MBA program's Lunch and Learn event this spring.

Ally Financial corporate treasurer Christopher A. Halmy gave an insider's view of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and Bank of America's forced takeover of Merrill Lynch's brokerage business in the BB&T Distinguished Lecture last fall.