Editor's note: On May 5, 2022, all sessions with Brian Butler, who has withdrawn as a candidate, have been canceled.


The search committee for Virginia Tech’s next dean of the Pamplin College of Business will host open forum sessions — in-person and virtually — for the four finalists who will visit the campus this month.

Laura Belmonte, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and chair of the search committee, invites all members of the campus community to meet the finalists during the discussions. Each finalist will share their perspectives on “A Vision for the Future of Business at the Modern Land Grant University.” Questions may be submitted during the live discussions, and feedback on the candidates can be shared with the search committee following each session.

Mark Ferguson
May 9
3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Inn at Virginia Tech's Assembly Hall or online via Zoom

Ferguson is the Dewey H. Johnson Professor of Management Science and senior associate dean for academics and research at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. His research interests include supply chain design for sustainable operations, contracts that improve overall supply chain efficiency, pricing and revenue management, and the operations/marketing interface. Ferguson has served as president of the INFORMS Manufacturing and Services Operations Management Society, the POMS College of Supply Chain Management, and the INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section.

Ferguson earned a Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in operations management from Duke University, a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.

Brian Butler - Canceled
May 11
3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Inn at Virginia Tech's Solitude Room or online via Zoom

Butler is a professor and senior associate dean for the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland (UMD). Since coming to UMD, he has also served as director of the Master of Information Management program, director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information, interim college dean, and co-director of the UMD Social Data Science Center. Butler’s research and teaching focuses on developing theories and techniques to enable groups, communities, and organizations to harness the full potential of new technologies.

Butler holds three degrees from Carnegie Mellon University including a Ph.D. in information systems, a master’s degree in information systems, and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics/computer science.

Anthony Ross
May 16
3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Inn at Virginia Tech's Solitude Room or online via Zoom

Ross is the Leggett and Platt Missouri Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, chair of Department of Management, and concurrently associate dean for Research and Doctoral Programs in the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri-Columbia. During his career, he has designed and directed study abroad programs in supply chain management and Faculty Development in International Business study abroad programs for faculty of color. He also has led the resurrection of a supply chain degree program and cultivated significant industry-university partnerships. He conducts research and consults in the areas of inventory management, logistics network design, supply chain optimization, supply management, and lean processes within manufacturing and service industry supply chains. He is actively engaged with POMS and the Decision Sciences Institute (Vice President-elect) and an associate editor for the Decision Sciences Journal.

Ross holds both an MBA, and a Ph.D. in operations management and decision sciences from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University-Bloomington, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from OLL University.

Lara Khansa
May 18
3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Inn at Virginia Tech's Smithfield Room or online via Zoom

Khansa is the Sonny Merryman Inc. Professor in the Business Information Technology Department and associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. Her research is in human-computer interaction, health care analytics, online behavioral economics, and integrated information security and privacy. In her role as associate dean, Khansa manages undergraduate business curriculum development, enrollment management efforts, and strategies to recruit a diverse undergraduate student population into the Pamplin College of Business and provide resources that enable student success and retention.

Khansa holds a Ph.D. in information systems, a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, and an MBA in finance and investment banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in computer and communication engineering from the American University of Beirut.

The dean of the Pamplin College of Business is responsible for setting the academic tenor, promoting a culture of outstanding innovation and scholarship, and representing 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 position description, application/nomination process, and search updates for dean of the Pamplin College of Business are posted and available on the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost website.

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