Annual Business Summit includes WVU representation

September 7, 2010

Dean Sartarelli takes opportunity to meet West Virginia business Community

Presenters from West Virginia University addressed economic issues relevant to the state and to the world at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s 74th Annual Meeting and Business Summit September 1-3 at The Greenbrier.

A Generation West Virginia panel on September 1 featured West Virginia University College of Business and Economics economist Russell S. Sobel on the subject of “Reality Check—What West Virginia Needs for the Next Generation of Job Seekers.” Sobel also spoke the next day on accelerating job creation in the state.

President James P. Clements addressed conference attendees on WVU’s role as a land-grant university in the global economy on September 3.

That topic is of particular interest to “Dr. Jose V. “Zito Sartarelli, a native of Brazil and former pharmaceutical executive at three Fortune 500 companies who became the new Milan Puskar Dean of the WVU College of Business and Economics this summer.

“As the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University, we are responsible to a variety of stakeholders,” Sartarelli said, “including but not limited to students, the State of West Virginia, parents, the business community and alumni. In our capacity as a land-grant institution, our mission is very clearly defined. It is that responsibility that sets us apart from many other higher education institutions.”

Other speakers with WVU ties included Jerry West, an NBA legend as a player and executive, WVU B&E alumnus Greg Babe, President and CEO of Bayer Corporation, and Gov. Joe Manchin III.

For Sartarelli, the opportunity to network was invaluable.

“It was fantastic to have the opportunity to interact with so many members of West Virginia’s business community,” he said. “These critical relationships will result in heightening the College’s resources through the knowledge and information base of this group. We are looking to ask some of the people at the Business Summit to be guest speakers to business students and the University community, as well as continue to build important components of the educational experience such as internships and job placement. The connection to this body of individuals is critical to what we do every day.”

Sartarelli joined WVU from Johnson & Johnson, where he has served as pharmaceutical group chairman for Asia-Pacific, Japan and Latin America, overseeing a business of more than $3 billion in annual sales spread over more than 50 countries, supported by more than 9,000 employees.