Sorensen lauded, portrait unveiled at retirement reception

Retiring Pamplin Dean Richard E. Sorensen was presented with the Distinguished Leadership Award of AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) by its president and CEO, John Fernandes, at a reception last May that celebrated his service and leadership to the college, university, and business education worldwide.

Richard E. Sorensen
Sorensen received a standing ovation at his retirement
reception from President Steger (far right), finance
professor and department head Art Keown (center),
and other guests. Sorensen's wife, Carol, is to his left.

Sorensen, who has served AACSB in many senior leadership roles over the years, including chairing its board, will continue to be involved in the Tampa-based organization as a special advisor for emerging economies.

A portrait of him was also unveiled at the event, where guests included Sorensen's wife Carol, senior university administrators, and Pamplin faculty, staff, and alumni.

Listing some of Sorensen's numerous accomplishments, President Charles Steger said, "I can personally attest that he also is a forceful voice and determined advocate for the college and what he sees as its needs."

Steger quoted others who lauded the dean's guidance and mentorship and "magical ability to develop ideas and create solutions in the midst of impossibility."

The dean, he said, will be fondly remembered for his "many substantial and lasting contributions to his field, to Virginia Tech, and to the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond."

Others who spoke included senior vice president and provost Mark McNamee, finance professor and department head Art Keown, and Pamplin's Outstanding Graduating Senior William Jones.

Jones said Sorensen's contributions to the college go far beyond enrollment increases and improved national rankings. The career prospects of Pamplin's seniors, he said, have been enhanced by the development of career services and advising for students.

The portrait, a 32-by-44-inch oil on linen by local portrait artist and Virginia Tech alumna Leslie Roberts Gregg, was commissioned by the college and is displayed in the board room in Pamplin Hall. The event included a short video, "Richard E. Sorensen: Decades of Leadership," produced by Gabrielle Minnich and Jerry Scheeler, of University Relations.

Sorensen retired in June after 31 years as Pamplin dean.

Read more about Sorensen's achievements, and send your personal greetings to him on his retirement in a guest book.

Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Magazine Fall 2013

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