Candace E. Clemenz
Dean Clemenz is in her twelfth year serving as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs for the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. During her tenure, Undergraduate Programs expanded from seven to twenty-three employees as the office continues to develop and deliver value-added services that enhance the undergraduate student experience. Her direct reports are responsible for the areas of academic advising, career services, student advancement, and international programs. These major areas encompass functions such as centralized academic advising for all 4000 Pamplin undergrads, new student orientations, assessment of learning, governance oversight, scholarships, diversity and inclusion programs, student recruitment, Business Horizons career fairs, career recruitment/placement, international programs, study abroad, and others.
Academia is Dean Clemenz’ second career. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Florida State, she worked in the hospitality industry for fifteen years with ClubCorp, the largest owner of private membership clubs in the world. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee while with ClubCorp, taught as an adjunct professor at several universities, and was serving as Vice-President of Development for ClubCorp when she decided she wanted to teach full-time. During and after earning a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, Dean Clemenz taught in the university’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Department. Teaching evolved into the Associate Dean’s position in the Pamplin College of Business in 2005, and the rest is history.
Although Dean Clemenz never imagined that higher education administration would be a defining role in her career, she says that it is both challenging and rewarding. And, the best part of her job is working with students. “At the end of most every day, I can look back and know that I made a difference to at least one student. That is a great feeling.”
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