Deloitte presents matching gift to GBAC initiative
October 25, 2021
Jackie Norell (’98, MBA ’01), Managing Director and Lead University Partner for the Deloitte-Virginia Tech relationship, presented Provost Cyril Clarke and Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert T. Sumichrast with a matching gift check of approximately $315,000 toward the $3 million Deloitte Global Business and Analytics Complex (GBAC) initiative on Oct. 8, 2021. This gift includes a special 2:1 corporate match from the Deloitte Foundation based on gifts made by Deloitte Hokies (also known as D’Hokies).
At the successful conclusion of the Deloitte GBAC initiative, a state-of-the-art lab for teaching and research in trading and analytics will be named the Deloitte Foundation-Jon Taillon Trading and Analytics Lab, per university Board of Visitors approval, in recognition of the Deloitte alumni gifts and foundation corporate matching contributions. The late Jon Taillon, who passed away in 2020, was an alumnus of the College of Engineering and former Deloitte lead university partner, credited with the strong recruitment of Hokies by Deloitte, expanding the number of Deloitte Hokies to more than 1,000 and growing. Taillon was also one of the first partners to step forward with private support for the Deloitte GBAC initiative.
The Global Business and Analytics Complex is expected to consist of two academic buildings and two residential buildings for living-learning communities — and to serve as the new home for the Pamplin College of Business.
In addition to serving Pamplin, the complex will also bring together students and faculty from the College of Science, the College of Engineering and related analytics disciplines from across the university, creating a team-oriented learning environment.
The 3,360-square-foot lab will be in the Global Business and Analytics Complex, which will also house classrooms, offices, and team rooms for collaborative activities.
Development in support of the GBAC initiative is ongoing, and the private component to support construction of the complex is targeting an additional $7M in contributions by the calendar new year.
The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization that supports education in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives that help develop the talent of the future and their influencers and promote excellence in teaching, research, and curriculum innovation. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefiting middle/high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, and educators.