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September 2010


Dean Sartarelli

During my brief time at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics, one of the most important tasks we have undertaken is charting a vision for the college. This vision includes making it better, bigger and, eventually ranked. The strategic priorities that drive us toward our vision require that we attract the very best; that we educate our students to compete; that we connect broadly with the outside world, enabling the employment of our students; that we organize ourselves for success; and that we appeal to our alumni and friends of the College to fund the vision fully.

I am happy to inform you that some of the pillars of these strategic priorities are being put in place.

With the purpose of attracting the best, we are revving up our international recruiting and enhancing our global footprint. This will be done without detracting us from our primary objective of educating the sons and daughters of West Virginia.

About a month ago, we expanded our educational offering by introducing our Online Executive MBA. That is going very well. Additionally, the WVU Board of Governors approved our proposal to operate as a four-year college at its September 17 meeting. We will be admitting students to the College as freshmen instead of juniors in the 2011-2012 school year. This will allow us to work more closely with our students from Day One of their university careers, providing them greater advising, counseling and internship opportunities than ever before.

We have also reorganized ourselves, moving from divisions to departments. This will highlight the importance of disciplines that will open up employment opportunities for our students in the future.

Below you will find other valuable and unique news taking
place at B&E:

  • The West Virginia Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Business Summit earlier this month proved to be an invaluable experience. Many members of West Virginia’s business community attended, which gave me a unique opportunity to meet and interact with important business leaders in our state. These leaders represent critical relationships for the College, and you will hear much about their participation at the College in the future.
  • The College of Business and Economics is only as good as the success of its students. I am so pleased to pass along a great story about Christa Jensen, a Ph.D. student who won an international award for her research at the 39th Annual Meetings of the British and Irish Section of the Regional Science Association International in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • B&E alumnus Jake Hatch works at The Greenbrier to attract businesses from across the country to the world-renowned resort. He used the skills he learned at the College to springboard into a position at one of the most iconic properties on the globe.
  • I am proud to announce the winners of our Faculty and Staff Awards. These individuals not only exemplify the quality of the College’s structure, but will also demonstrate the quality of individuals we plan to attract for the future.
  • Finally, the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, hosted by the WVU College of Business and Economics, will see a different format of competition this year. The two categories of competition will include the Lifestyle & Innovation category and the new Hospitality & Tourism category. This new category will enable students from any four-year higher education institution in West Virginia to go after one of two $10,000 prizes, while building on the state’s second-largest industry.

These stories are only a glimpse of the great news happening at the College. As stakeholders, we should celebrate these and all of the successes that will move the College ahead.


Jose V. Sartarelli, Ph.D.
Milan Puskar Dean

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