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Photograph of Rajesh BagchiRAJESH BAGCHI has been appointed head of the Department of Marketing. Bagchi joined Virginia Tech in 2008. His research interests focus on the psychological processes that underlie consumer and managerial decision making. Bagchi’s honors and awards include the Young Scholar Award from the Marketing Science Institute, the Early Career Award from the Society for Consumer Psychology, and the Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Journal of Consumer Research. He was recognized by the American Marketing Association as being among the Top 30 scholars worldwide in terms of productivity in premier marketing journals over the past 10 years. Bagchi, who had been serving as the department’s interim head, succeeds Paul Herr, who is returning to full-time teaching and research after leading the department since 2014.

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Portrait of Nadia RogersNADIA A. ROGERS, an associate professor of practice in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, has been appointed by Gov. Ralph Northam to serve on the Virginia Board of Accountancy. Rogers is the educator member of the seven-member board, which provides consumer protection and regulates certified public accountants in Virginia.

Before joining Virginia Tech in 2015, Rogers was a partner with Creedle, Jones & Alga, and a senior manager at KPMG’s audit practice. Her professional contributions include chairing the Virginia Board of Accountancy’s peer review oversight committee and conducting peer reviews of firms.

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Photograph of Rajesh BagchiJAY WINKELER, former Leidos executive, has been appointed executive director of the Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics. Winkeler will lead the Center as it enters a new phase of growth and contributes more broadly to the university’s critical data and decisions initiative.

Winkeler started his career at the Central Intelligence Agency and spent more than 15 years each at TRW and Lockheed Martin. In 2016, Winkeler joined Leidos, where he most recently served as the vice president of the company’s enforcement and public safety solutions division. He has been a member of the advisory board for Pamplin’s Department of Business Information Technology since 2016.

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Photograph of Joe SimpsonJOSEPH J. SIMPSON has been appointed collegiate assistant professor in the Department of Management in the Pamplin College of Business and director of Virginia Tech’s Integrated Security Education and Research Center (ISERC).

He will provide leadership for the center’s activities in education, research, and outreach to industry and other organizations. He will also help develop scenario simulations in the center and teach courses in the department.

ISERC is a collaborative, multidisciplinary venture to promote experiential learning, research, and outreach in integrated security, one of the university’s Destination Areas.

Modeled after real-life security operations centers, ISERC seeks to allow students and researchers to experience security scenarios through simulations and to study the stakeholder perceptions, information and communication flows, and decision-making processes in such settings.

The center’s key facility is currently a technology-enhanced classroom in the New Classroom Building.

Many disciplines and units are represented in the Integrated Security Destination Area, but the units most closely involved in the creation and support of the center are Pamplin, the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and the Hume Center for National Security.

Simpson’s research interests are strategy, organizational security, innovation, and corporate governance. He has published in journals, including Tourism Management, Journal of Travel Research, and Journal of Business Ethics on topics of security strategy, corporate governance, and military veterans in organizations.

He has taught courses in strategic management, innovation, entrepreneurship, and management principles.

A former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Simpson has a combined 10 years of experience in military special operations and nuclear weapons security. During his tenure at a nuclear weapons facility, he conducted audits and evaluations of the facility’s programs, including physical security systems, protective forces, access controls, personnel security, and information security.

He has owned multiple businesses and currently owns and manages two 5,000-square-foot outpatient treatment centers that employ about 40 people and several contractors. He has served on the boards of three nonprofit organizations that are aimed at helping individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Simpson holds a doctorate in business administration with a focus in strategic management from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; an MBA from the University of Texas–Pan American; a master’s degree in homeland security management from Long Island University; and a bachelor’s degree in intelligence studies from American Military University. He also has a graduate certificate in international security studies from Stanford University.


Photograph of Becky FreemalBECKY FREEMAL has joined the Pamplin College of Business as director of communication and creative services. Freemal will lead an integrated communication and marketing program to accelerate progress on building the Global Business and Analytics Complex and secure Virginia Tech as an international leader in data analytics and decision sciences. Freemal comes to the Pamplin College of Business after two years as the director of communication and creative services at the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech.

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Photograph of Tommy AmalTOMMY AMAL has been appointed assistant director of development for leadership gifts. Amal will engage with Pamplin alumni, with a focus on fundraising for Beyond Boundaries Scholarships and the Global Business and Analytics Complex.

Previously assistant director of the Student Success Center, Amal helped establish the Ujima living-learning community for students interested in understanding, supporting, and learning about the African-American experience. He also coordinated the center’s support services for underrepresented students and those on academic probation.

Amal is a member of the Christiansburg-Blacksburg Rotary Club, trustee of the board of the American College Personnel Association Foundation, and co-chairman of the Virginia Tech Black Alumni Reunion.

He received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture leadership education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in agriculture, leadership, and community education at Virginia Tech.

Amal began his career at Virginia Tech as the student advocacy coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Students. He is an avid weightlifter and Hokie football fan.


Photograph of Kent NakamotoKENT NAKAMOTO, retired professor of marketing, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Nakamoto joined Virginia Tech in 1997. He served as head of the Department of Marketing from 1999 to 2013, as associate dean for research from 2008 to 2013, and as associate dean for research and faculty affairs from 2014 to 2017.

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Photograph of John BrozovskyJOHN BROZOVSKY, a retired associate professor of accounting and information systems, has been conferred the title of associate professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Brozovsky joined Virginia Tech in 1989. He published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than a dozen other articles, one book, and two book chapters. He was the primary advisor to more than 600 undergraduates and more than 60 master’s degree students annually.

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