Pamplin Campaign Update

Pamplin Campaign Steering Committee
Pamplin’s Campaign Steering Committee, from left: Doug Curling, Tom Byrd, Jim Pearman, Jim Hatch, John Emery, Bill Evans, and Mike Clarke. Not pictured: Ron Gridley, Mary McVay.

What a journey it has been! It began some six years ago, and now, finally, the finish line is in sight. I am talking about the Campaign for Virginia Tech-Invent the Future. When the initial $80 million goal for Pamplin was announced, I think everyone took a deep breath. We all knew that the target was more than double the amount raised by Pamplin in the last campaign.

It was a huge challenge, but we have exceeded our goal. This outcome has been achieved through the hard work and diligence of Dean Rich Sorensen; the Pamplin development team; numerous alumni, faculty, and friends; and members of the Pamplin Campaign Steering Committee: Tom Byrd, Mike Clarke, Doug Curling, John Emery, Bill Evans, Ron Gridley, Mary McVay, Jim Pearman, and myself.

By almost any measure, we have had a most successful campaign and, as alumni, we should all be very proud of what has been accomplished, for it will have a profound positive effect on what Pamplin can achieve in the future. There will be new professorships, fellowships, student scholarships, excellence funds and programs that did not exist before the campaign began.

In spite of this resounding success, many needs remain. A number of unfunded initiatives remain. These include professorships, scholarships, and program needs. In addition, the annual giving to Pamplin needs to grow in order to provide an annual supplement to an inadequate budget allocation from the university, due largely to reduced funding from the state.

As we all know, we do not live in a static environment, and new needs arise even as past priorities are funded. Through the college’s strategic planning process, development priorities are refreshed and reordered on an ongoing basis. Two examples of these are the current top unfunded priorities: the Center for Research, Education, Simulation, and Training and the establishment of an endowed dean’s chair for Pamplin. The center will provide an exciting environment, unlike any that exists today on a university campus, for the simulation and training in real business applications to better prepare students for their careers. An endowed deanship is the single most prestigious position in a college, recognizing the individual charged with maintaining and enhancing the quality of the school.

While we have been so very successful, our work is not done. If you have contributed to the campaign, I thank you, but ask if you can do more. If you have not given to the campaign, please consider making a gift or bequest. Please contact a member of the Pamplin development team to discuss potential gift opportunities. There are so many ways to give back in order to help ensure Pamplin’s future excellence.

Jim Hatch (MACCT ’72)
Pamplin Campaign Steering Committee

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

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