As the WVU College of Business and Economics strives for unprecedented heights while staying true to its mission, ethics and Mountaineer heritage, we have engaged advisory committees at various levels.
The highly respected and successful individuals that serve on these boards, including alumni, donors and friends of the College, contribute by using their life experiences. The guidance they offer helps to create a better College of Business and Economics.
April 27-28, 2017
The next meeting of the Visiting Committee and College Advisory Councils is April 27-28, 2017 in Morgantown, W.Va. Get details and hotel information
Stuart Robbins, Chairman
Stuart Robbins graduated from WVU in 1965 and is the former managing director of Global Equities for Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette, one of Wall Street's leading investment banking firms. After retiring, Robbins was chair of the board of directors of Soundview Technology Group and is currently the chair of the board of directors of Open Exchange Inc. He has also been a vital part the board of Archipelago and the board of LaBranche & Co. Robbins is a former Institutional Investor All Star investment research analyst, a former chair of the WVU Foundation, a member of the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and a member of the Vandalia Society.
W. Marston (Marty) Becker
W. Marston (Marty) Becker is the chairman of the board of QBE Insurance Group (ASX.- QBE.AU), headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and which writes more than $15 billion in premiums through operations on five continents. Becker’s career as an insurance executive spans 35 years in leadership roles principally as Chairman and/or CEO for publicly traded and private insurance, reinsurance and insurance brokerage organizations. Most recently, he was CEO of Alterra Capital (Nasdaq-ALTE) in Bermuda. He currently serves as chairman of West Virginia Media Holdings and on the board of directors for BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company, He also serves on the boards of Source One Financial, Dorado Insurance in Hamilton, Bermuda, and the Mountain Companies. Becker also serves on the advisory board of American Securities Fund and Cohesive Capital. His non-profit activities include board membership on the West Virginia University Board of Governors, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia. Becker earned degrees at the WVU College of Business and Economics and College of Law, and is a certified public accountant.
Bobby Blakley serves as Regional President for the West Virginia Region of BB&T. He manages the WV franchise and is responsible for BB&T’s banking operations in 26 counties and 73 offices. Bobby is a twenty six year banking veteran that has been employed by BB&T since 1988. He has served as a Financial Center Manager in Greensboro, N.C., a Business Services Officer in Sanford and Greensboro, N.C., a Corporate Banker in Greensboro, N.C. and an Area Executive for the Atlanta Region. He was named Regional President of South Atlanta in January of 2006, Regional President of North Atlanta in March of 2008, and Regional President of WV in December of 2011. The North Carolina native earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bobby currently serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Bankers Association, the West Virginia Chamber, the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences, and he is a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston and the West Virginia Roundtable. He and his wife Marsha live in Charleston and have two sons, Cameron (15) and Connor (12).
J. Michael Bodnar
J. Michael Bodnar earned a Civil Engineering degree from WVU and MBA in 1970. Upon graduation, he spent 5 years as CFO and CAO of Shoney’s, Inc. He became an early franchisee of Wendy’s International with operations in Alabama and Georgia. In addition, he founded a software company that became the Back Office Software provided for the Wendy's System. He was recognized as one of the most influential innovators in the Wendy’s system and won numerous awards for his operations. Currently, Mike is actively involved as real estate investor and equity capitalist in start-up restaurants as well as the more established restaurant brands Jim & Nick’s BBQ. For the past several years his focus has been on developing and growing restaurants in the fast casual segment, which include Taziki’s Mediterranean Grill, Baha Burgers, Tellini's Italian Cafe and Martins BBQ Joint. He has been inducted into the WV Business Hall of Fame and the Roll of Distinguished Alumni.
Philip A. Compton
Phil Compton is the Chief Financial Officer and CoFounder of Malcovery Security in Pittsburgh, PA. He has more than 25 years of financial and operational experience in building the team, infrastructure and profitability of both emerging and established technology companies, having helped raise over $100M in venture capital financing. Phil has also served as the CFO for Netronome, CoManage and WiseWire after starting his career with a Big Four public accounting firm. He has fulfilled the role of advisor and enjoys being a mentor to a number of Pittsburgh startups and entrepreneurs. Phil is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from WVU’s College of B & E.
Kim Craig, of Clarksburg, W.Va., earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus in accounting and finance. He currently serves as the president and CEO of F.N.B. Wealth Management. Prior to this, he was employed at Promistar Financial Corp., Johnstown Bank and Trust Com., First National Bank of Morgantown, Blueville Bank of Grafton and Fidelity Union. Craig earned many post-graduate certificates including CTFA from the Institute of Certified Bankers, certification from National Trust School at Northwestern University, and Trust Functions and Services from Pierce Junior College.
John Gianola is the managing partner of the Charleston office of the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. He has been with the accounting firm for 38 years and has served both domestic and international clients. A native of Morgantown, John attended WVU and graduated in 1975 with BS in business administration major. Gianola is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Business Roundtable, and on the board of the WVU Foundation. He has served as a guest speaker in many classes at the WVU College of Business and Economics and has also led educational presentations for trade organizations, clients' management groups, boards of directors, internal groups and law firms.
Bryan Katchur, native of Morgantown, graduated from WVU in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Afterward, he began his career at SBR Inc., Parkersburg based company that owned and operated many 7-Eleven convenience stores in four states. He became vice president of SBR in 1987 and took over as president in 1992. He retired in 2005, but occasionally works as a consultant. Katchur is an active member of the President's Club of the American Management Association, Young Presidents' Organization, and other professional organizations.
New Jersey native William F. "Bill" Kennedy received a bachelor's degree in finance from West Virginia University in 1964 and began his career in 1965 as a financial advisor with Eastman Dillon, Union Securities in Baltimore, Md. He joined Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1980, which merged with Paine Webber in 1995. Before retiring in 2002, he managed a division of 115 branch offices with 2,400 financial advisors and more than $1 billion in revenues. When he retired, Paine Webber renamed its management training program the "William F. Kennedy Leadership and Development Program."
Gary LeDonne is an Executive in Residence at the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics. Gary teaches Income Tax Accounting and counsels students on career development. Prior to joining WVU, Gary served as a Regional Tax Managing partner with Ernst & Young (EY). During his three decades of experience in public accounting he worked with hundreds of companies including the world’s largest global companies and many privately owned businesses. He has extensive experience working in turnaround situations, strategy development, succession planning, talent management and over fifteen years of direct P&L responsibility. Gary serves on the Board of Directors of the Fairmont State University Foundation, Gary was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Central Ohio. Gary’s Board experience includes serving as a financial expert. He has been a member or the Chair of the audit, development, executive, finance, governance and operating committees.
Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree from Fairmont State College and his Master Professional Accountancy degree from West Virginia University. Gary is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of West Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a member of the American Accounting Association.
Anthony Mauro is the president of Mylan North America, overseeing all business operations in that region. Throughout his 17 year tenure at Mylan, one of the world’s leading generics and specialty pharmaceutical companies, Mauro has held roles of increasing responsibility, including president of Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., the company’s flagship generics division in the U.S. Previously, Mauro served as chief operating officer for Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC in Canada, vice president of North America Strategic Development and vice president of North America Sales.
Robert C. Mead
Robert C. Mead graduated from WVU in 1960 and earned his MBA from Long Island University in 1969. He began his career at Wheeling Steel-Pittsburgh Corp. in 1962. In 1970, he joined Airco Inc. He returned to the Ohio Valley in 1983 as president of Buckeye Savings Bank. Currently, he operates a real estate and business consulting firm, Mead and Associates. Mead was once president of the WVU Alumni Association, and he is now president-elect of the WVU Emeritus Board, president of the Beta Theta House Corp., and a member of the Irvin Stewart Society.
Michael Morris, a resident of Morgantown, is a graduate of WVU, the West Virginia School of Banking and the School of Commercial Banking in North Carolina. Morris serves as the SVP and West Virginia Region Manager for the Wealth Advisors Group of Huntington National Bank. He is on the executive and finance committees and is the treasurer for the Milan Puskar Health Right Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the finance committee for Mon General Hospital, a member of the North Central West Virginia Estate Planning Council and on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Carl Nichols, a native of Covington, Virginia, graduated from WVU in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Shortly thereafter, he achieved an associate’s degree in mortuary science and became a licensed funeral director. Since 1995, he has managed and been owner of Hall Funeral Home, Inc. in Purcellville, Virginia. In 2008, Carl started an auxiliary business, Professional Funeral Staffing, to provide staffing support to large funeral homes in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area. That same year, he acquired Military Funeral Services, a funeral service that focuses on the needs of families of fallen service men and women. Additionally, Carl is a founding partner of The 2H Group, a contractor located in Loudoun County, Virginia. Married and the father of a son and daughter, Carl has been a long-time supporter of WVU Athletics. His son currently attends WVU.
L. Scott Phillips
Scott Phillips earned an MBA at WVU and holds a CPA, CLU, ChFC and CASL. He is the managing director for the MetLife agency, Gateway Capitol Financial. Under his direction, the agency has grown into four offices in the Metro D.C. area. Phillips has been honored with numerous awards including MetLife Management Hall Fame, five GAMA Career Development Awards, three Bronze National Management GAMA Awards and a Silver National GAMA Award. Phillips is the former president of the WVU Baltimore Alumni Association.
Marie Prezioso is Director, Manager of the West Virginia Public Finance Office of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. She has been with the firm since June 2008. Prezioso earned both a BS in business administration in 1974 and a MBA in 1975 at WVU. After graduation, she taught at Fairmont State College and worked in several investment and finance positions in state government. After that, she began her career in public finance investment banking. Prezioso has been active in various boards and organizations. She currently serves as a trustee for the West Virginia Investment Management Board and serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Charleston- Kanawha Housing Authority. Prezioso received the Distinguished West Virginian Award from Governor Caperton in 1995 and from Governor Wise in 2002.
Penelope "Penni" F. Roll
Penni Roll graduated magna cum laude, earning her BSBA in accounting at WVU in
1988. She is the CFO of the Ares Management Credit Group, as well as for Ares
Capital Corp. She joined Ares in April 2010. She served as the CFO of Allied
Capital Corp. from 1998 until April 2010, when it was acquired by Ares Capital
Corp. She started at Allied as its controller in the firm’s audit practice focusing
on financial services companies in 1995. Prior to that, she was at KPMG LLP.
While at WVU, Roll was a Chi Omega and a member of Mountain.
Philip E. Rosenthal
Phil Rosenthal graduated from WVU in 1964 with a business management degree. He joined Nationwide Credit corporation as a collector in 1969, purchasing the organization one year later in 1970. He currently serves as the President. He has been a member of the VCA Board of Directors since 1972, serving in all offices of the Association. He has held the position of Legislative Chairman for more than 30 years. Mr. Rosenthal has served for many years on the Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), an organization comprised of 600,000 small U.S. businesses. While at WVU, he was a member of the Phi Sigma Delta fraternity.
Jack Rossi graduated from WVU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. He serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Summit Community Bank. He is the immediate past Presiding Member (Managing Partner) of Arnett Carbis Toothman, P.L.L.C. (Arnett Foster Toothman PLLC). He served as Presiding Member for over 10 years. He has over 40 years of varied auditing, accounting and consulting experience as a CPA. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has served as a member of the West Virginia Board of Accountancy and is a Past President of the West Virginia Board of Accountancy. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia University Alumni Association. He was the 2013 recipient of the WVU Alumni “Most Loyal Mountaineer” award.
John Scerbo is the founder of the Sensory Network, which enables the pursuit of partnership and exploration of unique ideas with high-achieving individuals and institutions. He also serves in Emeritus capacity at Catterton Partners. Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Catterton Partners. Mr. Scerbo joined the firm in 2000 and was the Chief Compliance Officer at the firm. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Vice President and Controller at WeMedia, Inc. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Scerbo was the Corporate Controller of Alarmguard Holdings, Inc. and provided acquisition services to ADT Security Services, Inc upon its purchase of Alarmguard in 1999. From 1991 to 1996, he held various corporate and operating positions in finance at Welbilt Corporation and Grolier Publishing, Inc. Mr. Scerbo spent a decade in various roles at small and midsized privately held and publicly traded companies, primarily in the consumer industry, with a strong focus on investor relations, administration, acquisitions and related integration, technology, and all areas of finance, accounting, and tax. Mr. Scerbo has extensive experience in private equity, corporate finance, and operations. He began his career in public accounting. Mr. Scerbo served on the Board of the New York chapter of the Private Equity C.F.O. Association. He received a B.B.A in Accounting from Pace University.
Michael J. Stolarczyk
Michael joined VeriStor in May 2016, from Microsoft, where he was Director of Global Logistics Asia, domiciled in Hanoi, Vietnam. Prior to Veristor, Michael had various C level roles with companies like Southern Towing Corporation, Kontane Logistics, A. P. Moller Maersk Group, and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. In 2002, Michael’s efforts led to the Maersk’s quantum growth in Central Europe, and he was named to Fast Company magazine’s debut list of “Fast 50: Global Innovators Whose Achievements Helped Change Their Company or Society.” Michael published his first book, “Logical Logistics – A Common Sense Primer for your Supply Chain” in January 2011. He is an Executive Board Member of the Make-A-Wish South Carolina Foundation, plus is a founding Board Member of the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund in Charleston, WV. He earned a BSBA in Organizational Design and Development from West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics and attended the Executive Graduate Education Program at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Douglas Van Scoy
Douglas R. Van Scoy received his bachelor’s degree in business in 1966 and his MS degree in 1968, both from WVU. He is a retired business executive who spent much of his career on Wall Street. After 30 years of service, he retired in 2001 as senior executive vice president of Smith Barney in New York. He is presently founder and partner of Pit Partners, a hospitality business in South Carolina, where he and his partners own and operate several restaurants. He is also a partner in multiple restaurants located in Morgantown and serves on the Board of Taziki’s. Doug has served as a trustee and chairman of the Galloway School in Atlanta and a trustee of the University of Richmond, and is currently on the board of directors of Sterling Asset Management. Additionally, Doug has served as a board member and chairman of the West Virginia University Alumni Association, and currently serves on the West Virginia University Foundation Board. He has been inducted into the WV Business Hall of Fame and the Roll of Distinguished Alumni.
Robert (Bob) Welty
Bob Welty forged a career in banking that spans more than 30 years following his
graduation from the University of Charleston. He spent significant time with
One Valley Bank and became senior vice president of BB&T when it bought One
Valley. He counts his role as market president for Fifth Third Bank in Charleston,
W.Va., as his most fulfilling professional achievement to date. Welty is active
in his community and is passionate about mentoring and developing businesses
in his home state, which is what drives him to give back to West Virginia. His
involvement in organizations around the state crosses a variety of industries
and needs. Welty currently serves on the board of directors for St. Mary’s Medical
Center Foundation, and as vice chairman of the board for the West Virginia Jobs
Investment Trust and Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center
(MATRIC). His dedication to B&E has included working with fellow board member
and private equity expert John Scerbo, who created “Up All Night,” an event through
which students were taught the practical aspects of acquiring a company.
Ray White is a Managing Director of Solenture based in Pittsburgh focused on managing relationships with key clients. Prior to Solenture, Ray was the CEO of the Watson Institute in Sewickley, PA, the Parent organization of the Margaret H. W. Watson Foundation. Before joining the Watson Institute Ray was a Principal and Senior VP for 27 years for Johnson & Higgins, at the time the world’s largest private insurance Broker/Consultant. During his tenure with Johnson & Higgins Ray served on their national sales and marketing committee, and worked in their offices in New York, Pittsburgh and Washington DC. Ray is a graduate of West Virginia University with a major in Finance. Ray expanded his education with a graduate certificate with highest distinction from the College of Insurance in New York City and completed the Marketing Management Program in the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Ray has served as President of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, the West Virginia University Alumni Association - Pittsburgh Chapter, and is a past Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics, where he remains on the board and serves as an adjunct faculty member.
David L. Woodrum, a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, has a broad spectrum of health care administration, ambulatory care, turnaround management and revitalization experience. He was President of The Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, WV and of hospitals in Saudi Arabia and Texas. He has been a health systems administrator and has extensive experience in planning, management, marketing of hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, freestanding ambulatory projects such as cardiac catheterization laboratories, urgent care centers, freestanding emergency centers plus imaging and oncology centers. He has extensive operating and consulting experience in numerous foreign countries. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Hospital Association. He was a founding partner in Woodrum/Ambulatory Systems Development, LLC, a national ambulatory surgery and ambulatory care company. Currently, he is President of Woodrum, Inc., a national acute and ambulatory care management and consulting company. He holds a Masters of Business Administration with a major in Health Care Administration from The George Washington University, Washington, DC and currently is a member of GWU’s part time faculty. He is a re-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Woodrum is a diplomate and certified in health care administration and is a certified health care consultant. Currently, he is the Chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Healthcare Consultants Forum. He has served as Corporate Secretary of the National Resident Matching Program and has served as chairman officer of health care organizations. He has also been inducted into the Roll of Distinguished Alumni of the WVU College of Business and Economics and is a past national President of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.