Collegiate Times: Pamplin Creates New Board Calling on Younger Alumni
In June, we announced that Yusuf Abugideiri, Financial Planner in our Virginia office, was named co-chair of the Recent Alunmi Board of the Pamplin College of Business. The Board is a diverse group of young professionals whose work is aimed at advancing the present and future community of Pamplin College. The Board is composed of twenty-five professionals who have graduated from the Pamplin College in the last two to ten years with careers as CEOs, entrepreneurs, managers, and consultants. Yusuf will serve a three year term as co-chair with the Board and will have responsibilities including supporting current students in finding post-undergraduate careers, developing and strengthening relationships with recent alumni, and advocating for the Pamplin College to increase awareness with employers and potential students. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2009, Yusuf has been invited back as an alumnus to speak at Virginia Tech on several occasions: he has talked to prospective students at Hokie Focus, to accepted students at Orientation, and to incoming freshmen at Hokie Camp.
Recently, Yusuf spoke with the Zach Hoopes, Collegiate Times’ correspondent for the Pamplin College of Business, about the Board’s long-term initiatives and early mentoring efforts that will help shape the impact of the Board. By aggregating a group of successful professional alumni, the Board hopes that forming relationships between Board members and students early on will assist in their success after graduation. Yusuf shared his thoughts with the Collegiate Times affirming, “We wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to connect with students right at the beginning of their career. Be those mentors, those change agents for them at the early onset of their career at Tech”. Yusuf also says, “We add an extra layer of mentorship for the freshmen and the upperclassmen. We will be meeting with them once or twice a semester. The payoff of that is hopefully you have a career that looks like someone on the Recent Alumni Board, giving them a tangible example of what they are aiming for.”
The next big event for Yusuf and the Board comes on December 4th at the Gala for the 50th Anniversary of the Pamplin College of Business. As co-chair, Yusuf will be presenting the Board’s progress thus far and the outlook for 2016. Stay tuned for updates!