Robert Pamplin Jr.
By Sookhan Ho
Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 06 - October 1, 1998
Businessman and philanthropist Robert B. Pamplin Jr. will discuss business and ethics as the featured speaker in the Wheat First Union Distinguished Speakers Series sponsored by the Pamplin College of Business. His talk, which is open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, at Squires Haymarket Theater.
Pamplin is the president and chief operating officer of the R.B Pamplin Corporation, a family-owned company that, with annual sales of more than $800 million, is one of Oregon's largest private corporations. The company has operations in textile manufacturing, sand and gravel mining, and concrete and asphalt production.
Pamplin is also chairman and chief executive officer of Columbia Empire Farms Inc., a hazelnut and berry farm. He is the author of 13 books and the founder and senior pastor of Christ Community Church, which provides food to more than 60 relief agencies and children's homes in the northwest. He has received many national honors and honorary degrees and has served on presidential and state commissions and many boards.
Pamplin, a member of Virginia Tech's class of 1964, and his father, Robert B. Pamplin Sr., class of 1933, have been generous, long-standing supporters of Virginia Tech and its business school, which was named in their honor in 1986. Last year, the Pamplins contributed $3.5 million dollars to help establish a scholarship program that would enable a qualified student in each of Virginia's public high schools to attend Virginia Tech.
During his visit, Pamplin will meet with these scholarship recipients as well as with Pamplin College student leaders, faculty members, and administrators. He will also address guests at an evening gala celebrating the university's successful fund-raising campaign.