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A search committee has been formed to oversee the process of selecting the next dean of Virginia Tech’s AAD.

The new dean of the college will set the academic tenor, promote the diversity and breadth of disciplines across AAD, and take a servant leadership approach to working with faculty, staff, and partners to build upon the college’s core strengths. This leader also will possess high emotional intelligence and skill as a facilitator, lead college fundraising efforts, and represent AAD to the university and beyond.

The new AAD dean will replace Rosemary Blieszner, who has served as interim dean since August 2021, when Richard Blythe left Virginia Tech for a position at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia.

As the result of a recent reorganization of the college and several of its programs, AAD’s new dean will have an opportunity to lead a college that offers greater visibility for arts, design, and architecture programs at Virginia Tech by grouping them together and locating studio and performance-based instruction in one college. Through the collaborative efforts of college and academic program leaders as well as faculty and administrative staff from many areas of the university, the reorganization and realignment of programs has positioned AAD to partner more closely with like-minded disciplines and enhance their national visibility.

Alan Grant, dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will chair the search committee and guide the application/nomination, candidate review and interview, campus engagement, and finalist selection processes. Search committee members are as follows:

  • John Ambrosone, associate professor and chair of theatre, School of Performing Arts
  • Jackie Bixler, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
  • Doug Bowman, professor of computer science and director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction
  • Jason Crafton, associate professor and chair of music, School of Performing Arts
  • Eiman Elgewely, assistant professor of interior design, School of Design
  • Michael Ermann, professor of architecture, School of Architecture
  • Aki Ishida, associate professor of architecture and interim associate director, School of Architecture
  • Devair Jeffries, assistant director for diversity and academic success, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech
  • Paul Kelsch, associate professor of urban design, School of Architecture
  • Mintai Kim, professor of landscape architecture, School of Design
  • Ann-Marie Knoblauch, associate professor of art history and director, School of Visual Arts
  • Jeffery Loeffert, professor of music and director, School of Performing Arts
  • Shaila Mehra, assistant dean for diversity, equity, inclusion, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • Erin Poff, assistant dean for administration and finance, College of Architecture, Arts, and Design
  • Michelle Raines, administrative manager, School of Performing Arts
  • Liz Scharman, director of administration, Moss Arts Center
  • Eric Standley, professor of studio art, School of Visual Arts
  • Martha Sullivan, associate professor of practice and chair of industrial design, School of Design
  • Sharone Tomer,– associate professor of architecture, School of Architecture
  • Rachel Weaver, associate professor of creative technologies, School of Visual Arts

The search committee will be supported by a staff that includes Amy Hogan, assistant provost for leadership initiatives, and Leslie Sullivan, coordinator for faculty affairs.

Virginia Tech has engaged Parker Executive Search to assist with the process and welcomes nominations for the position.

Virginia Tech has updated its roster of search committee members tasked with overseeing a national search for the next dean of the Pamplin College of Business. Laura Belmonte, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, will continue to chair the search committee and guide the application/nomination, candidate review and interview, campus engagement, and finalist selection processes.

As the head of the Pamplin College of Business, the dean sets the academic tenor, promotes a culture of outstanding innovation and scholarship, and represents its faculty, students, and staff to the university and beyond. The dean also has financial and administrative management responsibility for the college, guides and oversees its annual operating budget, advocates to the central administration for investment in new initiatives, leads its fundraising efforts, and provides effective leadership for the college’s faculty and administrative staff.

The new dean will replace Robert Sumichrast, the Richard E. Sorensen Chair and dean of the Pamplin College of Business since 2013, who announced his retirement effective the end of the 2021-22 academic year. Robin Russell has served as interim dean since July.

The updated list of search committee members is as follows:

  • Laura Belmonte – search committee chair and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • Viswanath (Venki) Venkatesh – professor, Business Information Technology
  • Nancy McGehee – professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Broderick Turner – assistant professor, Marketing
  • Kevin Boyle – professor and incoming department head, Real Estate Management
  • Jin Xu – associate professor, Finance
  • France Belanger – University Distinguished Professor, Accounting and Information Systems
  • Richard (Rick) Hunt – associate professor and director of doctoral studies, Management
  • Quinton Nottingham – associate professor, Business Information Technology
  • Sarah Stein – associate professor, Accounting and Information Systems
  • Raman Kumar – professor, Finance
  • Anna-Katherine (A.K.) Ward – associate professor, Management; faculty senator and college Faculty Association president
  • Coral Rojas – assistant director for Pamplin Outreach, Recruitment, and Pre-Collegiate Programs
  • Linda Christie – director, Center for Business Analytics
  • Bridget Ryan Berman – chair, Pamplin Advisory Board
  • Dana Hansson - director, MBA programs
  • Lance Collins – vice president and executive director, Innovation Campus
  • Phil Xiang – professor and department head, Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Charles Phlegar, vice president for Advancement
  • Jessica Linkous, lead administrative manager, Department of Finance, Insurance, and Business Law

The search committee will be supported by a staff that includes Ron Fricker, vice provost for Faculty Affairs; Amy Hogan, assistant provost for Leadership Initiatives; and Leslie Sullivan, coordinator for Faculty Affairs.

Virginia Tech is partnering with Heidrick and Struggles executive search firm to assist with the search process and receive nominations and applications for the position.