Dean, Pamplin College of Business

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Virginia Tech, a leading research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, welcomes applications and nominations for the next Dean of the Pamplin College of Business.


This is an exceptional opportunity to guide an accomplished college that has made significant investments in students, faculty, and facilities. Students enjoy an innovative curriculum and top programs in Finance, Marketing, Real Estate, Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and more. Accomplished senior faculty have been hired to lead research groups, mentor junior faculty, interact with industry, and energize the classroom. New experiential learning opportunities are facilitated by the new Global Business and Analytics Complex (GBAC), the first building of which will open this May, followed by three additional buildings over the next few years, which will include spaces for learning, research, and student living. Pamplin graduate programs are delivered in the Greater Washington D.C. Metro Area and have opportunities to grow in partnership with the university’s Innovation Campus to expand research, education, and service in business and society. The Dean will
have the opportunity to build on these and other initiatives that cut across disciplines and further
develop an innovative experiential curricular structure for students interested in solving complex
real-world problems and improving the human condition. The Pamplin College of Business is home
to world class faculty across seven departments and two centers that position the college at the
nexus of collaborative interdisciplinary research and innovation at Virginia’s most comprehensive


The Dean will join Virginia Tech at an exciting time of growth. The university’s 16th President,
Timothy D. Sands, who began his tenure in 2014, has led the university community in a generational
visioning process to ensure Virginia Tech’s position as a global land-grant university leader. This has
been followed by university- and college-level strategic planning that seeks to build on the key
opportunities to make meaningful and visionary progress in the coming years.
For Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech seeks an energetic leader, visionary thinker, and strong
communicator who will help transform Pamplin into an internationally recognized top-tier business
school. The next Dean of Pamplin will strategically position the college for the future, identify new
opportunities for growth, and advocate for the college and the important role it plays in the
university’s research, outreach, and education mission. The successful candidate will have a strong
record of relevant research and scholarship success and the ability to lead complex organizations. The
Dean will also be adept at championing the college externally to donors and alumni, as well as state,
national, and international leaders.


A representative search committee has been convened to conduct the search and to recommend
finalists to the provost. The university is assisted in the recruitment by the executive search firm
Heidrick & Struggles. Nominations and applications are welcome. All applications will be considered
until the position is filled.


Nominations and applications should be directed to:


Building on its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—an
institutional and individual commitment to community, diversity, and excellence. The institution seeks
candidates who adopt and practice their Principles of Community, which are fundamental to the
university’s ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures
learning and growth for all its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of qualified
candidates to join its community in preparing leaders for a diverse, global society and encourages
individuals across racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ability, international, and other
identities to apply.

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