May 24: The Pamplin Pulse: Special Tribute to Dean Sumichrast
Editor's Note: This special edition of the Pamplin Pulse celebrates Dean Robert Sumichrast, who will retire from the Pamplin College of Business after nearly 30 years of service at Virginia Tech. The content below includes highlights from Dean Sumichrast’s distinguished tenure at the Pamplin College of Business. Please enjoy the look back!
Retirement Tribute for Dean Robert Sumichrast
In honor of his service to Pamplin and Virginia Tech, members of the Hokie community wish Dean Sumichrast well in his retirement.
General ItemDean's Retirement Reception
On May 10, 2022, members of the university community gathered to celebrate the retirement of Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast at the Moss Arts Center. Attendees enjoyed a cocktail reception, remarks from Virginia Tech leaders, the unveiling of Dean Sumichrast's portrait, a special tribute video, and more.
Robert T. Sumichrast appointed dean of Pamplin College of Business
In January 2013, Robert T. Sumichrast was appointed dean of the Pamplin College of Business, effective July 1. Sumichrast succeeded Richard E. Sorensen, who retired June 30, 2013, after 31 years of service as dean of the Pamplin College.
Article ItemDean Sumichrast unveils plans for $250 million Global Business and Analytics Complex , article
The future of the Pamplin College of Business was further unveiled to an eager crowd of students gathered in the Pamplin Atrium this past Wednesday. Dean Robert T. Sumichrast led the presentation with a speech highlighting the opportunities surrounding the Global Business and Analytics Complex that will break ground in 2020. This $250 million project will rely on a percentage of private donations—an exciting opportunity for alumni to contribute to the future of Pamplin.
Article ItemEntrepreneurship programs get high marks for second straight year , article
Virginia Tech has been ranked No. 25 for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in Princeton Review’s rankings for 2022, marking the second straight year the university has received such recognition.
Article ItemVirginia Tech Program in Real Estate named in recognition of Blackwood family , article
The naming recognizes $10 million in giving to the real estate program by one of the university’s most generous and involved families, which includes alumni couple Willis Blackwood ’72 and Mary Nolen Blackwood ’73, and their children, Morgan Blackwood Patel ’02 and Nolen Blackwood ’10.
Article ItemPamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast announces retirement , article
Since 2013, Sumichrast has boosted the quality and reputation of several college programs. His retirement takes effect at the end 2021-22 academic year.
Recognition opportunity: Robert T. Sumichrast Innovation and Entrepreneurship Suite within GBAC
Construction continues to progress on the Data & Decision Sciences Building, the first academic building within GBAC. A key milestone in advancing GBAC, in April 2022, the Board of Visitors approved a planning authorization to complete designs through working drawings for the second academic building which will be the future home of Pamplin.
Through the generous contributions of Pamplin Advisory Council members and many other key supporters, the Robert T. Sumichrast Innovation and Entrepreneurship Suite* is included in the design phase for the second building.
This recognition will be a legacy and tribute to Dean Sumichrast’s vision for GBAC and his role in supporting the innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives such as the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs, the Innovate Learning Community, and the entrepreneurship academic ecosystem for Pamplin and the university.
Contribute a gift in honor of Dean Sumichrast
Gifts toward the Robert T. Sumichrast Innovation and Entrepreneurship Suite in honor of Dean Sumichrast can be made through the Virginia Tech Giving Portal. To give:
- Visit the Giving Portal.
- Area: College of Business – Pamplin (should be pre-populated).
- Fund: Global Business Analytics Complex (should be pre-populated).
- Click “Add Gift to Cart.”
- In cart, click: “Honorary/Memorial Gifts;” “Yes;” “In Honor of.”
- In box, type “Robert Sumichrast.”
- Click “Give Now” to proceed to checkout.
*Please note, all gifts and commitments applied to the naming opportunity in the GBAC building in honor of Dean Robert T. Sumichrast, and such recognition, shall be made in accordance with the Virginia Tech Commemorative Tributes Policy and is subject to approval by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Make a gift or pledge in support of GBA
Help ensure the full vision of GBAC and its second academic building are realized by making a contribution. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for giving opportunities and any questions.