I am honored to serve as the new Milan Puskar Dean for the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. That honor is not to be taken lightly, as the college has a history of more than six decades of graduating leaders in business, government and academia who serve in countless capacities around the world.
Since the announcement of my appointment in late January 2016, I have met with alumni, donors, faculty, staff and students in my efforts to better understand the College of Business and Economics. B&E’s reach into the lives of its past, present and future students is undeniable, and the school plays a multitude of roles in our city, our state, our region, our country and around the globe. Our students will be job-ready for the global marketplace, and can put their knowledge and skills to work wherever they call “home.”
Our role as West Virginia’s flagship business school going forward will be one to help the state with economic development, research, communication and any other aspect necessary to help create a better West Virginia. Our state is at a critical crossroad in its history, and it is not only our job to present the findings of the economic characteristics of West Virginia. It is also incumbent upon B&E to present solutions to challenges in our state and the business world.
While every day continues to be a “fact-finding tour” for me in my early stages of serving as dean, I know there is a great deal of momentum at B&E not only to support doing things differently at our business school, but to take that philosophy to the next level. I’m a huge fan of the “learning by doing” philosophy. I am very happy to see that there are so many people at B&E and connected to our college who subscribe to that same philosophy. I really believe in it, and I believe learning outside of the classroom is just as integral to the student experience as learning inside the classroom. There have never been more opportunities for experiential learning at B&E than there are right now, and we plan to grow in that area.
Providing unique and valuable experiential learning gives us a real opportunity to differentiate ourselves by “doing things differently”; that is, by placing an emphasis on both internal and external learning environments. I have used the term “doing things differently” a lot, and it’s something we’re going to continue to emphasize at B&E.
I look forward to forging unprecedented participation in helping to improve our state, as I continue meeting our alumni business leaders, donors and students. Together, we will chart a course for our college and our state going forward, and I am honored to have this opportunity.
Javier Reyes, Ph.D.
Milan Puskar Dean
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