Pamplin Campaign Update

College passes $80 million goal

Looking back, looking forward

By any measure, the recently concluded Campaign for Virginia Tech: Invent the Future will be recorded as a resounding success. While the official university campaign totals will not be announced until the celebration event in November, we do know that Pamplin has raised over $85 million during the campaign, compared to its goal of $80 million.

Jim Hatch
Jim Hatch (MACCT ’72) chair, Pamplin Campaign Steering Committee

This successful outcome is attributable to the efforts of many people, each of whom I wish I could thank personally. Pamplin administrators, development staff, the Campaign Steering Committee, and numerous alumni have all contributed to this wonderful outcome. As we pause to reflect on this achievement, we must begin to shift our focus to the future.

It has been said that the effort to raise critical outside financial support is like running a marathon, not a sprint race. So, it is at this critical juncture, that we look for means to continue our momentum and apply what we have learned from the just concluded campaign to increase annual giving and identify new sources of funding for critical needs and new priorities for Pamplin.

The Campaign for Virginia Tech: Invent the Future
The archived Campaign for Virginia Tech website is still online.

Foremost among current priorities is the establishment of an endowment to fund the Sorensen Dean’s Chair. This endowed chair is named in honor of Dean Rich Sorensen for his 30 years of dedicated service to the college. Dean Sorensen has announced his retirement in 2013, and this endowment will be critical in providing supplemental compensation to enable us to recruit his worthy successor. Many other highly important priorities also remain as unfunded initiatives — these include the proposed finance lab, student scholarships, and faculty fellowships and professorships.

While we proudly look back at our achievements, it is with great anticipation that we look forward to what we can accomplish in the future.

It has been my honor to serve as chair of the Campaign Steering Committee and I am privileged to have had the opportunity to give back to Virginia Tech and to see so many others choose to honor their alma mater by giving back as well.

--Jim Hatch (MACCT ’72) chair, Pamplin Campaign Steering Committee

Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Magazine Fall 2011

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