Alumni honors & awards

Lance L. Smith
Retired U.S. Air Force General Lance L. Smith (BAD ’68) received Virginia Tech's 2010 University Distinguished Achievement Award. Smith retired from the Air Force in 2008, after 38 years, including service as commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command and NATO’s supreme allied commander for transformation. As commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, Smith led nearly 1.2 million service members, civil servants, contract employees, and consultants providing combat resources and training to America’s war efforts around the world. As supreme allied commander for transformation, he worked to train NATO’s military forces and transform their structures, capabilities, and doctrine to improve military effectiveness of the alliance.
E. Ann Spencer
E. Ann Spencer (ACCT ’76, MBA ’84), of Jackson Hole, Wyo., received the university’s 2010 Alumni Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the university as a whole. A retired vice president for personnel and administrative services at Virginia Tech, Spencer reorganized personnel services around customer-service modules, introduced an employee wellness program, and oversaw the installation of the university’s first comprehensive human-resource system during her tenure. A past president of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and president of the Greater Yellowstone Region Alumni Club, Spencer is a member of the Pamplin Advisory Council, the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Council, and the Ut Prosim Society of donors. She served on the Virginia Tech Foundation Board, MBA Alumni Advisory Board, and the Panhellenic Council. She received the college’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1997.
James Hatch
James H. Hatch (MACCT ’72), of White Stone, Va., received Pamplin’s 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hatch worked in public accounting for five years in Charlotte, N.C., before joining First Union Corporation, where he became corporate controller. He retired in 2002, after a 25-year career at First Union and a year after its merger with Wachovia. Hatch, Pamplin dean Richard E. Sorensen noted, has provided exemplary service to the Department of Accounting and Information Systems Advisory Board and the Pamplin Advisory Council and has contributed substantially to Pamplin’s fundraising efforts through his leadership of the college’s campaign steering committee (see “Pamplin Campaign Update” in this issue).


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