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Dean's Message

Telling Our Story

Dean Reyes Speaks to Students

The College of Business and Economics is not the same business school it was 60, 20 or five years ago, or even one year ago when I arrived at West Virginia University. It is a business school on the rise, and it reflects an environment where we are helping to mold successful students every day through innovative education and invaluable, learning-by-doing opportunities.

It is also a different school thanks to a culture change headed by WVU President E. Gordon Gee, a change that we at B&E have, most certainly, embraced. We are taking big steps in research, teaching and service. We are taking opportunities to make major contributions to our campus, our state, our nation and our world. And we are taking back the narrative to tell our story, because the most important element of the B&E story is people.

Our students are making unprecedented achievements, ranging from winning case competitions to helping formulate a business plan for a $45 million aquatic center in Morgantown’s Mylan Park, and from utilizing their business knowledge in helping West Virginia businesses grow to building a platform for cancer clinical trials with the WVU Cancer Institute.

B&E MBA students are helping businesses in Greenbrier County recover from devastating floods in 2016. Industrial Relations graduate students are working in internships with companies such as PepsiCo and GE Aviation in preparation for the upcoming starts of their careers. Students have joined with corporate partners to work on real life projects in business data analytics. Finance students traveled to New York City recently to experience real life learning, but also witnessed acts of global investment when they visited the NASDAQ stock exchange. Supply chain students partnered with engineering students to win a major case competition in Pittsburgh for the third consecutive year. And B&E marketing students have partnered with Google to design online marketing campaigns for real businesses and organizations. These are but a few examples.

B&E provides a learning experience to our students and, at the same time, their learning impacts our state positively. The experience we offer helps mold our students into global leaders, not only to enrich their lives and the world they live in but also because this state needs them.

Our centers continue to impact our world, from bolstering the business landscape to student career preparation and experience; from data and economic analysis to increased study abroad opportunities to improving financial literacy; and from exploring a philosophy of free markets to building corporate partnerships. We are taking back the narrative because stereotypes are inaccurate, and valuable contributions are real.

We are telling our story through innovative and advanced research by our faculty in areas from economics to international trade regulation, and from lead in the Flint, Michigan, water supply to research for the Wall Street Journal on possible leaks of key economic data in the United Kingdom.

And through our highly successful 27,000 living alumni who have soared as successful leaders in countless industries all over the world, we are telling their story. Because they have a story worth telling.

Our values — service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation — are in everything we do. We have a story worth telling as we help transform the business landscape. And we will continue to build it and tell it.

Javier Reyes, Ph.D.
Milan Puskar Dean
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