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Pamplin alumni: foundation of success

When Pamplin alumni keep in touch, they keep the college connected to the pulse of business. Their commitment to the college helps shape programs, prepare the next generation of Hokie leaders, and raise Pamplin’s prominence.

Dean's message

You can’t have a high-quality business school without a lot of help from alumni. Pamplin has more than 40,000 alumni spread across the globe, and we are engaging more of them than ever.

Changing Landscapes

Changing landscapes

Scott Wells (MKTG ’91), CEO of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, is looking at marketing’s digital future and helping Hokies every step of the way.

Advice Plus Interest

Advice plus interest

Tracy Castle-Newman (FIN ’90) has built a successful career by focusing on her interests, finding supportive mentors, and committing to service for her alma mater and to other women in business.


Battling For Balance

Battling for balance

Room for dessert? Frank May, assistant professor of marketing, found that memory is not always reliable when consumers make the decision to splurge.

Distracted DirectorsDistracted directors

Boards of directors shape and guide companies, but Ugur Lel, assistant professor of finance, found busy board members may do a disservice to their shareholders.

Safer Play: Text mining for faulty toys

Safer play: text mining for faulty toys

By digging into thousands of online consumer reviews for toys using specific keywords, Alan Abrahams, associate professor of business information technology, and his students, Rich Gruss and Matt Winkler, develop a system to identify hazards.

Overcoming the Attraction Effect

Overcoming the attraction effect

Estimating a fair value of a company’s investments can be influenced by many factors, but Sudip Bhattacharjee, associate professor of accounting and information systems, found that establishing strict guidelines makes the process more transparent and unbiased.


50th Anniversary Golden Gala

50th anniversary golden gala

Pamplin celebrated 50 years at a black-tie gala held December 4, 2015 at the Hotel Roanoke that brought together Pamplin alumni and friends, students, faculty, and staff as well as various state and local dignitaries.

Distracted DirectorsEntrepreneur treks

Students meet business leaders on the Entrepreneur Treks of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Governor’s Visit

Governor’s visit

Undergraduate students engaged with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, state Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson, and Virginia Tech President Tim Sands during roundtable talks at the Innovate living-learning center in October 2015.

Hoda Kotb Fireside Chat and Book Signing

Hoda Kotb fireside chat and book signing

Virginia Tech communications alumna and Today Show co-host Hoda Kotb drew about 400 people for a fireside chat and book signing in McLean, Virginia in January.

PRISM in New York

PRISM in New York

The student group, Pamplin Re-Inventing Social Media (PRISM), led by its founder and faculty advisor, Donna Wertalik, visited several companies, including Facebook and Victoria’s Secret, in October 2015.

Women In Business

Women In Business

The October 2015 event was hosted by Tracy Castle-Newman of Morgan Stanley. About 65 women, mostly alumnae, attended the Women in Business event in New York City.

New Degree Offerings

New degree offerings

Pamplin has added three new graduate programs—a Ph.D. in business with a concentration in executive business research; a master of science in business administration with a concentration in business analytics; and an M.D./MBA in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Look who's talking

Look who’s talking

Today Show co-host Hoda Kotb gave a fireside chat in McLean hosted by Pamplin, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Capital One; former HealthSouth executive Aaron Beam discussed corporate fraud at the Del Alamo/Hogan Symposium on Business Ethics; reporter Nicole Gelinas gave the BB&T Distinguished Lecture; Wesley Smith, Kevin Jones, and Robyn Jones spoke at the Business Diversity Center; and Shin Fujiyama discussed starting a nonprofit.

U.S. News

Pamplin ranked nationally

Pamplin once again placed highly for its master of information technology degree, part-time and professional MBA programs, and accounting and information systems department.