Dean Rich Sorensen is retiring from his position as dean of the Pamplin College of Business after many years of service to the university.

As part of the interview and selection process for the next dean, Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee invites all members of the campus community to meet the candidates selected for a campus interview. University and community members will be invited to attend each candidate’s open forum presentation on “The Vision for a Business College at a Large Public Comprehensive Land-Grant Research University.” A reception will be held following the open forum presentation.

Each candidate’s curriculum vitae and survey links to provide feedback will be posted on the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost in advance of each visit date. The search committee encourages all campus and community members to submit feedback via the online surveys.

Kenneth R. Evans, dean of the Price College of Business and Fred E. Brown Chair at the University of Oklahoma, will interview at the Northern Virginia Center on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and will interview in Blacksburg Nov. 28 and 29.

  • Evans will present at an open forum on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Latham Ballroom C, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, with a reception following from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

Evans joined the University of Oklahoma as dean in January 2007. He was previously professor and chair of the Department of Marketing and then associate dean of graduate studies in the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Business. He also was a marketing department faculty member at the Arizona State University. Evans remains active in editorial activities in the areas of marketing management, sales/sales management, marketing theory, and services marketing.

He received a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Colorado.

Two additional candidates will visit campus during the first two weeks of December; these visits will be announced next week.