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Meet the Dean

Dr. Joshua Hall 

 Milan Puskar Dean of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics

Dr. Joshua Hall has served as Milan Puskar Dean of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics since August 2021. Hall is an expert in regional economics and institutional analysis, an award-winning professor and experienced academic leader.

Prior to becoming Milan Puskar Dean, Hall served in dual associate dean and department chair roles, leading the Economics department as chair and championing the R1 mission for the business school as associate dean for research. 

Hall is a tenured professor and alumnus of the Chambers College, earning his doctorate in Economics in 2007. He returned to WVU and the Chambers College in 2013 as an associate professor of economics. He has served in a number of administrative roles, including directing the Center for Free Enterprise and Academic Leadership Fellow in 2018-2019.

During his time as department chair of economics, Hall started the online MS in Economics degree geared to state and local economic policy, a 3 + 3 program with the WVU College of Law, giving qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to earn their bachelor's degree and law degree in six years instead of seven years. He also increased the number of economics majors and minors.

Hall is an applied microeconomist whose research focuses on state and local public finance, economic freedom, economics of education and the teaching of economics. He is author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and editor or co-editor of over a dozen books.

“I am truly honored to serve as the Milan Puskar Dean of the Chambers College. When I came to WVU for my doctorate, I was able to experience first-hand the University’s commitment to its students, the state and the business community. When I returned as a faculty member, I was struck with how much the College had grown in scope, research and stature while never losing its focus on students, the state and the West Virginia business community. The trajectory of the College has accelerated tremendously, and I look forward to working with our students, faculty, staff and alumni to continue the success of the College and fulfill the expectations of a business school at an R1 institution.” 

– Joshua Hall, Milan Puskar Dean