Funds sought to establish Norrine Bailey Spencer Memorial Scholarship

Norrine Baily Spencer
Norrine Bailey Spencer

Her former students and colleagues as well as her family and friends are seeking to raise $100,000 to endow a scholarship in memory of Norrine Bailey Spencer, Pamplin’s longtime associate dean and a former associate provost at Virginia Tech.

The scholarship is aimed at supporting undergraduates at Pamplin who have demonstrated leadership potential.

A permanent memorial

Those supporting the scholarship’s creation include dean Robert Sumichrast, retired dean Richard E. Sorensen, retired associate dean T. W. (Hap) Bonham, accounting and information systems professor and former department head Bob Brown, business information technology department head Bernard (Chuck) Taylor, finance professors and former department heads Art Keown and Raman Kumar, management professor and former department head Rich Wokutch, retired marketing professor and former department head Jim Littlefield, retired accounting and information systems department head Wayne Leininger, and Spencer’s husband, Edward Spencer, a retired vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech.

We all had the privilege of serving with Norrine, said Leininger, who is leading the effort together with Edward Spencer. We hope that more alumni, faculty, and friends from the Pamplin College will join us in establishing this permanent memorial to her.

An advocate for business education

As Pamplin’s associate dean for undergraduate programs from 1983 until 2004, Spencer oversaw the academic program of almost 4,000 undergraduate students. She created a freshman-sophomore advising center, a college-based job development and career services program, and systems to coordinate undergraduate business education with the Virginia Community College System.

Spencer also taught an introductory course on business. She was an advocate for undergraduate business education and programs to advance such opportunities for all Pamplin College students but especially for female students, said Sorensen. Above all, she enjoyed helping and advising individual students, he said. Assisting transfer students and advising them about selecting a major and meeting graduation requirements were her favorite tasks.

In July 2004, Spencer was named associate provost and undergraduate admissions director at Virginia Tech. She retired from Virginia Tech in 2008, as a result of metastasized breast cancer. She died on Sept. 23, 2009 after a nearly 12-year struggle with the disease.

If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please send your gift to:

Pamplin College of Business Office of Development 400 Turner Street, Suite 103 Blacksburg, VA 24061-0122.

Checks should be made payable to Virginia Tech Foundation Inc. Please include Norrine Bailey Spencer Memorial Scholarship on the memo line. Or, you may call Alex Fritz, director of development for Pamplin, at 540-231-2812.

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