DEAR ALUMNI, FRIENDS, & STUDENTS,
The strength of any organization can be seen in its commitment to its constituencies.
B&E's mission reads, "The College of Business and Economics provides its constituencies with the skills, tools and values required to win in the global marketplace through teaching, research and service." Our constituencies include students, alumni, donors, faculty and staff, friends of the College, public and private sectors, and the public at large.
The commitment to our state can be seen through events such as our Economic Outlook Conferences. This year we will host four such events through our Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER). By examining the state economy, the BBER provides economic data to constituents statewide that give insight as to economic conditions in the past year and a forecast for the coming year. Under the leadership of new BBER director Dr. John Deskins, critical economic data will be provided at the statewide conference in Charleston October 1; at the Wheeling conference on October 15; at the Eastern Panhandle conference in Martinsburg October 29; and at the Morgantown conference on November 12.
The data provides the public and private sectors and the public at large with information designed to help them make educated decisions in their areas of focus.
Our commitment can also be seen in such activities as the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, open to all four-year institutions in the state; the newly created high school business plan competition, providing an avenue for creative and entrepreneurial business ideas at the high school level; and the newly offered Business Startup and Growth Workshop series offered by the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for new and emerging businesses.
Our strength lies in our commitment to all of our constituencies, a commitment we do not take lightly in our quest to become "Better. Bigger Ranked."
Jose V. Sartarelli, Ph.D.
Milan Puskar Dean