Fundraising Priorities

The College of Business and Economics has identified a list of essential funding priorities that, with your vital support, will power our accomplishments in education and research in the coming decades. As does everything at the College, our priorities begin with students and go on to address our many responsibilities to the community. These priorities center around attracting the best and the brightest students and faculty members, preparing students for careers where they can do well and supporting faculty as they advance their research and create new possibilities.

Scholarships & Fellowships

  • Grow enrollment to 3,000 without jeopardizing quality and accessibility
  • Attract the best graduate and undergraduate students (including new Ph.D. in Business Administration)

Student Enrichment and Internships

  • Provide greater availability of real experiential learning opportunities both domestically and internationally
  • Ensure internships for both undergraduate and graduate students

Endowed Faculty Chairs, Professorships and Faculty Enrichment

  • Attract and retain top faculty
  • Meet the demands of larger enrollment with more faculty in key disciplines
  • Provide faculty support and enrichment, critical for innovative research and publication

Academic Programming

  • Support the growth of the College in new disciplines (Supply Chain Management, International Business, and Entrepreneurship) and industrial sectors of interest to West Virginia (Energy, Hospitality/Tourism, and Healthcare)

Naming of Centers

  • Support specialization and the development of new knowledge „„ Naming opportunities include: Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Business Communication and Learning Center, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Center for Chinese Business, Center for Executive Education, Free Market, and Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination

Sponsorship of Regional Economic Outlook Conferences

  • Support the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, in operation since 1949, in its landgrant mission of providing West Virginia, the government, and the business community information to make better informed decisions

Opportunity Funds

  • Provide the dean and the College the flexibility to pursue opportunities in current and new areas of interest to the University and to the state