Dean's message

From Robert T. Sumichrast

Dean Robert T. Sumichrast

This fall is a homecoming for me as well as many of our students. I started my career as an assistant professor at Virginia Tech and, during the next 20 years here, met my wife, made many friends, and contributed to Pamplin and the profession. I left Pamplin in 2003 and enjoyed several productive years as the business dean at LSU and later at the University of Georgia. It's good to be back with family, friends, and old colleagues. I am grateful for this opportunity and thank my mentor and friend, Rich Sorensen, for helping to make the transition smooth. He left Pamplin a strong business school with a bright future.

Now is the time to create that future by building on our past successes. I spent my first few weeks seeking advice from people in Pamplin's constituencies in Blacksburg, in the National Capital Region, and elsewhere. We will use these ideas as we update the college strategic plan over the next several months.

Meanwhile, I'd like to welcome you to the first issue of our renamed alumni magazine, Virginia Tech Business. The new name reflects some of the changes, big and small, that you will be seeing in Pamplin during the coming year.

We will better define the type of business school we aspire to be. Pamplin will be more closely aligned with the strength and reputation of Virginia Tech, a research university well known for its technical expertise, application of IT, and creation of knowledge. We will maintain our tradition of rigorous undergraduate education while enhancing opportunities for our graduates to begin and prosper in business careers. We will also expand the size and quality of our graduate programs to help professionals advance their careers, contribute to business knowledge, and spur greater economic development in Virginia and the world.

Pamplin is on the move, and I hope you will join us in our efforts to further advance your alma mater — our 40,000 alumni make up our enduring strength. I would be delighted to hear from you.

Robert T. Sumichrast
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Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Magazine Fall 2013

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