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Hokie at the helm

Lynne Doughtie (ACCT ’85) is KPMG’s first female chief executive and one of only two women to head a Big Four firm.

In her own words

Doughtie discusses how KPMG is like Virginia Tech, what she is most proud of, and why she is excited about the future.

Promoting confidence and connections

Confidence and connections are vital for helping women advance to leadership roles, according to Doughtie.

The emotional budget

The emotional budget

According to Daniel Beal’s research, the more you have to control your emotions in the workplace, the less likely you are to help your coworkers.

Testing the theory

A focus on feelings

Forever investors

Forever investors

Long-term investors, those who plan to keep their investments for more than a year, benefit a firm’s managerial decision making and generate better returns for shareholders, according to Sattar Mansi’s recent study.

Chefs serve up the gold

Chefs serve up the gold

A team of chefs from Virginia Tech and San Diego State University won a gold medal at the American Culinary Federation competition at the Chef Culinary Conference.

Making it look easy

Salad girl


Level upLevel up

John Kinzer (ACCT ’90) has taken two companies public — Blackboard ($81 million) and HubSpot ($144 million) — and emphasizes that it is a long process that starts significantly before the day of the event.

Opportunity entrepreneur

Opportunity entrepreneur

Tommy Lesperance (MGT ’00) has started two companies: Anesthesia Connections, which brings anesthesia to outpatient facilities, and EbitCreative, which has created a smartphone-monitored wearable technology to protect children, pets, and precious items.

MBA leads to J&J power careerMBA leads to J & J power career

Virginia Tech’s MBA program gave Gita Srinivasan (M.S. CHEM ’93, MBA ’98) her start into a 16-year career as a portfolio and project manager for Deputy Synthes, Johnson & Johnson — a leading medical device healthcare franchise.

U.S. News

Pamplin ranked nationally

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Pamplin No. 43 for the nation’s best undergraduate business programs. Among public institutions, Pamplin ranks No. 27.

Recent alumni board launched

Recent Alumni Board launched

Pamplin has established a Recent Alumni Board, consisting of 25 young professionals, to provide new opportunities for its students and promote closer ties with young alumni.

Welcome picnics

Welcome picnics

Pamplin started the school year with picnics at the Blacksburg and Washington, D.C. campuses. The events are part of the college’s efforts to promote engagement, collaboration, and community.

Robert Sumichrast

Dean's message

Pamplin has set high goals for itself, and we are working hard to achieve them — both inside and outside the classroom.


Expanding academic advising

Undergraduate students can now take advantage of expanded academic and career advising services. Pamplin has recently hired six additional academic advisors and two additional career services staff members.

Look who's talking

Look who’s talking

Political analyst and journalist Michael Barone gave the BB&T Distinguished Lecture; Phillip Bullock (ACCT ’86), global tax director of Apple, and Douglas Curling (ACCT ’76, MACCT ’77), retired president and chief operating officer of ChoicePoint, discussed the impact of taxes on business transactions; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin gave the Hutchins Distinguished Lecture.