Sumichrast, who began his academic career at Virginia Tech in 1984, has a distinguished record as an educational leader, scholar, and teacher.

For almost 20 years, Sumichrast taught at Virginia Tech, and served four years as Pamplin’s associate dean for graduate and international programs. He served on 40 graduate committees throughout the university and taught 17 different courses in the Department of Business Information Technology. He is a recipient of Pamplin’s Certificate of Teaching Excellence, the University Certificate of Teaching Excellence, and Pamplin’s MBA Faculty Award.

In 2003, he left to become dean of the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. In 2007, he became dean of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, where he forged a reputation for leveraging strong collaborations with departments outside the business college, improving education and research programs, increasing services to students, and expanding the scope and success of alumni and donor relations for the college.

His research includes numerous publications in some of the leading peer-reviewed research journals in the fields of management science and operations management. He has served as president of the southwestern Virginia chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society, and president of the southeastern chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science. Sumichrast is a member of the AACSB Board of Directors as Secretary-Treasurer.  In addition, he has provided services on committees including Accreditation Policy, Committee on Issues in Management Education, Compensation Committee, Audit Committee, Finance and Investment Committee, and has been on several AACSB Peer Review Teams as member or chair.

Sumichrast received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Purdue University and his Ph.D. in management science from Clemson University.