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Dean’s Message

Portrait of Pamplin dean Robert Sumichrast.
Robert Sumichrast (Photo credit: Logan Wallace)

Recently a student asked me what I am excited about. I am excited about a lot of things, one of which is the fact that our college has been reaccredited this spring by AACSB International.

Our reaccreditation is due to the high quality of our programs and our continuous improvement. Our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends can all take pride in helping to bring about this achievement.

I am eager to help our students, and proud that we have a community of alumni, friends, faculty, and staff helping our students too. We are helping Pamplin students with new programs to help them compete as they start careers and to help them adapt over time. Last year, our graduates had the highest-ever placement rate shortly after graduation — 93 percent. And, they received the highest average starting salary ever.

We are keeping them competitive with an updated curriculum with new choices such as Digital Marketing and the soon-to-be formally approved Cybersecurity Management and Analytics option in our BIT major. We are also helping students with expanded services that have helped raise graduation and retention rates for all while reducing the gaps that have been measured for underserved and underrepresented students.

On March 19-20, Virginia Tech sponsored its second Annual Giving Day. Many of our students and alumni supported the effort, in part to acknowledge their appreciation for the help that they received as students. Hokies help Hokies. That is who we are.