April 29, 2009

Kimble Reynolds Jr., of Martinsville, Va., will receive the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business at the college's commencement ceremony that begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Cassell Coliseum.

The college created the award in 1990 to honor alumni for outstanding career accomplishments and contributions to the college.

Reynolds received a bachelor's degree in marketing management in 1988 and a master's degree in health and physical education from Virginia Tech in 1995. An attorney with a private practice in Martinsville, Reynolds earned his law degree at the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1993.

Reynolds, who was president of his class, has remained an active member of the Virginia Tech community. A former Alumni Association president and past member of the Alumni Center National Leadership Campaign Committee, Reynolds serves on the Pamplin Advisory Council, the university's Multicultural Alumni Advisory Board, and the German Club Alumni Foundation Board. He has been a strong advocate for Virginia Tech and higher education through the Hokies for Higher Education network. He received a 2008 Alumni Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to Virginia Tech.

A Martinsville city council member and former mayor, Reynolds serves on several boards and is the current chairman of Virginia First Cities. He was appointed as a trustee for the Virginia Museum of Natural History by Governor Warner and as director of the New College Institute by Governor Kaine.

Reynolds has a strong commitment to diversity and founded the Diversity and Conflict Resolution Leadership Program in 1998 to help Martinsville-area high-school students develop self-awareness, an appreciation of social and cultural differences, and conflict resolution skills.

Previous recipients of Pamplin's Distinguished Alumnus Award are: Henry Dekker (ACCT '44) in 1990; Cliff Cutchins (ACCT '44), 1991; John Peterson (ACCT '36), 1992; George Dickerson (BAD '41), 1993; Lloyd Sorenson (BAD '53), 1994; John Rocovich (GBUS '66), 1995; Charles Eaton (ACCT '53), 1996; Ann Spencer (ACCT '76, MBA '84), 1997; Charles O. Strickler (BAD '61), 1998; Gene Justice (BAD '54), 1999; Robert Digges (BAD '59), 2000; W. Denman Zirkle (BAD '60), 2001; Mary F. McVay (ACCT '78, MBA '81), 2002; Ben J. Davenport Jr. (BAD '64), 2003; Randy Thurman (ECON '71), 2004; Bridget Ryan Berman (GBUS '82), 2005; and Douglas C. Curling (ACCT '76, MACCT '77), 2006; Lynne Martin Doughtie (ACCT '85), 2007; and James E. Sullivan Jr. (ECON '73), 2008.

Virginia Tech's nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of ethical values and leadership, technology, and international business skills. Its centers focus on business leadership, business diversity, electronic commerce, forest industries, organizational performance, and services innovation. The college is committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students. It is named in honor of alumnus Robert B. Pamplin, the former CEO of Georgia-Pacific, and businessman, philanthropist, and alumnus Robert B. Pamplin Jr.