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Pamplin Community for Leadership and Engagement

Mission Statement

Our mission is to strengthen the individual and collective impact of Pamplin’s advisory boards by enabling greater communication and collaboration and fostering a strong sense of community among all alumni.  The mission is achieved through sharing of best practices and offering opportunities to support a more informed and engaged advisory board membership.  Advisory Boards in the Pamplin College of Business represent all departments, programs and centers within the college and provide a very significant source of support and engagement. The 23 advisory boards are populated by approximately 600* volunteer alumni and friends of the college. The function of each advisory board varies according to the directive provided by each department, program or center head. 

Our belief is that improving the flow and frequency of communication between boards will positively influence the effectiveness of their respective activities, while uncovering strategic opportunities for collaboration. A successful result of the existence of the PCLE would be that, in the aggregate, strategic support and engagement for Pamplin would be enhanced.

PCLE Membership and Board Affiliation

*PCLE Board of Directors

The PCLE is published quarterly. Recent issues of the PCLE News can be read here:

PCLE News June 2022.pdf
PCLE News April 2022.pdf
PCLE News January 2022.pdf
PCLE News October 2021.pdf

Best Practice Ideas

Here are some highlights of some of the best ideas implemented by Pamplin’s departments, programs and centers and their boards.

  • Student mentors
  • Student advisory boards
  • Sponsoring young alumni boards
  • Supporting student and faculty well-being initiatives
  • Holding departmental tailgating events at football games
  • Showcasing job/career opportunities for alumni
  • Supporting department, program and center fund raising initiatives

For additional information about the PCLE, please contact Crystal Jefferson at or PCLE Chair Jim Hatch at