Virginia Tech Business Dean Appointed Vice Chair-Chair Elect of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International Board

BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 1, 2003 – Richard E. Sorensen of Blacksburg, Va., dean of Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business, has been named vice chair-chair elect of the board of directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International, effective July 1, 2004.

Based in St. Louis, Mo., the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB) is a not-for-profit corporation of educational institutions, corporations, and other organizations seeking to promote and improve higher education in business. It is the primary accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. The organization also serves as a source of information, training and networking for business educators.

Sorensen has served on numerous AACSB committees. As chair of the business accreditation committee, he gave many presentations in Asia and Europe on AACSB accreditation and led efforts to accredit or reaccredit more than 250 business schools in the nation and around the world. He currently chairs the accreditation quality committee.

A native of Staten Island, N.Y., Sorensen received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic University and an MBA and Ph.D. in management from New York University's Stern Graduate School of Business. He has been dean of Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business since July 1982.

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 leadership skills and ethical (contactname, contactphone, contactemail, headline, leadsentence, morepara, releasedate, storysource, releasenumber, college, itemnumber, releaseyear) VALUES and the integration of technology in the academic curriculum, and prepares students for global business challenges through faculty-led study abroad programs. The college has research centers that focus on business leadership, electronic commerce, energy modeling, and wireless telecommunications. The college is committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech's eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.