Virginia Tech President Tim Sands, Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast, and a group of alumni, including advisory board members of the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 4 p.m. April 26 in celebration of the university’s initiatives in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The bell ringing was sponsored by Virginia Tech alumni at two NYSE-listed companies: HubSpot, whose chief financial officer is John Kinzer, an accounting graduate, and On Assignment, which acquired Apex Systems, the information technology staffing company founded in 1995 by Brian Callaghan, Win Sheridan, and Jeff Veatch, who received degrees in psychology, political science, and finance, respectively, and that Ted Hanson, an accounting graduate, joined as chief financial officer in 1998.