2019 End of Year Message from the Dean
December 16, 2019
2019 was a dynamic and exciting year complete with growing experiential learning opportunities for our students, unprecedented alumni engagement, and let’s not forget the Hokies amazing win after a hard-fought battle in the longest football game in ACC history!
A strong work ethic is part of everyday life for our students, faculty, alumni and friends. The Pamplin College of Business continues to prepare our students for 21st century careers.
All that we have accomplished this past year launches us toward that vision for Pamplin’s future. We completed the new five-year Pamplin strategic plan with four guiding pillars of excellence: Business Analytics, Security, Privacy and Trust, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Human Condition.
Experiential learning is at the center of Pamplin’s education. This year brought the addition of another amazing student group Credit Corps; a unique program that prepares students for careers in risk management and banking by participating in actual loans with bank partners.
Alumni and friends are key to our success. This fall, we had representation from all 20 of Pamplin advisory boards for the first-ever Engagement Summit. It was a proud moment for Pamplin as our volunteers showed generosity with their time and their unwavering support.
As we look to the new year, we are energized by Boundless Impact: The Campaign for Virginia Tech, of which the Global Business and Analytics Complex was named one of six presidential priorities. This will be Pamplin’s new location when the project is completed. We will always be the Pamplin College of Business, however, it is time for a 21st century learning environment with state-of-the-art technology, for our students and faculty. We have made great progress in fundraising toward our new home, and we are grateful for all the alumni and companies that have stepped forward to help so far. The generosity of the Hokie spirit cannot be beat.
As Pamplin builds upon the fundamentals of its 53 years, we are proud to have you by our side as we prepare future generations of Hokies. The momentum and excitement surrounding Pamplin’s future continues to strengthen and I am energized by all to come in the new year.
From all of us at Pamplin, we wish you a warm and safe holiday season surrounded by family and friends.
Robert T. Sumichrast
Dean, Pamplin College of Business