Anju Seth named R. B. Pamplin Professor of Management

Anju Seth

Anju Seth

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 10, 2008 – Anju Seth, professor of business administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be appointed the R.B. Pamplin Professor of Management and the head of the Department of Management in the Pamplin College of Business in August 2008.

Her appointment to the professorship was approved by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting March 31.

Seth received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1988. She has been a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois since 1994. She earlier served as a faculty member at the University of Houston.

Seth has authored more than two dozen publications in leading academic journals, including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Managerial and Decision Economics, California Management Review, Journal of Management Inquiry, and Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. Her research interests include strategic management, value creation, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, restructuring, philosophy of science, and international strategy.

Her teaching has consistently received high marks from University of Illinois students. She has also presented executive development seminars and provided consulting services internationally.

Established in 1994, the R.B. Pamplin Professorship in management is one of several named professorships established with part of the $10-million gift presented to the college by the Robert B. Pamplin family. The professorship supports excellence in education in management.

Virginia Tech’s nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of ethical values and leadership, technology, and international business skills. A member of its marketing faculty directs the interdisciplinary Sloan Foundation Forest Industries Center at Virginia Tech. The college’s other centers focus on business leadership, business diversity, electronic commerce, organizational performance, and services innovation. The college, committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students, is named in honor of Robert B. Pamplin (Class of 1933), the former CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and his son, businessman and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr. (Class of 1964). Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.