Barbara Hoopes has been named the interim associate dean for the Graduate School in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area.

Hoopes is associate professor of business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business and currently teaches in the evening and online MBA and Master of Information Technology programs at the university’s Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina and her bachelor’s degree from Davidson College.

Her research interests are in the strategic composition of global supply chains as well as operational performance measurement and evaluation using mathematical modeling and business analytics tools. Hoopes has served as the academic director for the MBA programs in Pamplin College of Business, chair of Pamplin’s Graduate Studies and Policies Committee for many years, as well as on other internal and external committees. She’s an experienced teacher, researcher, and communicator and has published widely in top academic journals. 

“I am delighted that Dr. Hoopes has agreed to take on this important role and would like to extend a heartfelt welcome to her,” said Graduate School Dean Aimée Surprenant. “Dr. Hoopes’ extensive experience, dedication to excellence, and passion for graduate education make her an exceptional addition to our Graduate School team.”

Virginia Tech offers more than 40 graduate degree and certificate programs in Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church. Hoopes will work closely with academic departments and administrative units across the university's campuses in the D.C. area to enhance and increase the visibility of Virginia Tech's programs and to assist faculty, staff, and administrators in providing students with the best possible experience as they pursue their degrees. 

Hoopes also will continue work on the move of facilties and operations from the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church to the D.C. region building operations group. She also will work with programs that will be housed in the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus' Academic Building 1, currently under construction in Alexandria. The changes and consolidations will enable Virginia Tech to advance its realignment of academic and research efforts around thematic areas of distinction to elevate the national and international visibility of the institution and its graduate degree and research programs.

"I am honored to be asked to serve Virginia Tech in this role," Hoopes said. "I am excited about being an advocate for all graduate students and graduate programs in the D.C. area, especially as we move as a community toward the transition to the Innovation Campus."

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