50th Anniversary of the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business


WHEREAS, in 1925, the first bachelor’s degree in business administration was offered at Virginia Tech, followed by the first master’s degree in 1931; and

WHEREAS, in 1961, H.H. Mitchel was appointed dean of the newly established school of business — it became a college in 1965, and is now known as the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, named after two alumni, Robert B. Pamplin and Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., in 1986, in recognition of their lifetime accomplishments and service to Virginia Tech; and

WHEREAS, the Pamplin College of Business has, under the 31-year leadership of Dean Richard E. Sorensen, developed and enhanced a business curriculum that now offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing; and

WHEREAS, the Pamplin College of Business offers MBA and master of information technology programs that are nationally top ranked and that allow individuals who work full-time to earn advanced degrees and transform their careers; and

WHEREAS, the college emphasizes technology and analyses that improve business, entrepreneurship that leads to innovation and innovative companies, international opportunities for learning and research, and an inclusive, collaborative community; and

WHEREAS, the college, working through its Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics and its Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is pursuing research and providing experiential education opportunities that will help promote economic development and raise living standards across the Commonwealth and around the nation and the world; and

WHEREAS, the college, under the current leadership of Dean Robert Sumichrast, recognizes 50 years of educating students, and is paving the way for another 50 years of providing graduates the knowledge and skills to help them become better citizens and lead more productive lives;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize the year 2015 as the 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIRGINIA TECH PAMPLIN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.