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Two WVU officials appointed to White House forensic subcommittee

West Virginia University has two representatives on the White House subcommittee that deals with forensic science. Dr. Max M. Houck, director of the WVU Forensic Science Initiative and director of Forensic Business Development for the College of Business and Economics, and Robin T. Bowen, assistant director of the WVU Forensic Science Initiative, have been chosen to serve on the committee.

Max Houck

WVU study: recession keeping population in state; decline predicted after 2030

A stagnant national economy is helping to keep West Virginia’s population within its borders, according to a study by a West Virginia University demographer.

The 2010 West Virginia Population Projection, released by WVU’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, a component of the College of Business and Economics, predicts small but steady growth until 2030.

Annual awards for B&E standouts

Annual awards for faculty and staff in the College of Business and Economics are announced just before the fall semester begins, and this year’s recipients come from the Division of Economics, the Center for Executive Education and the Division of Accounting.

National research association picks West Virginia for annual conference


The Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER) has selected Charleston, West Virginia, for its 64th annual conference. The conference will attract business and economic research center directors from across the U.S. to learn more about the current and future national economy, as well as economic development and policy issues facing many states and regions.

Sartarelli assumes leadership of WVU College of Business and Economics

Jose "Zito" Sartarelli

Dr. Jose V. Sartarelli, a successful pharmaceutical executive at three Fortune 500 companies, has officially assumed his new position as the Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University (WVU).

Busy bureau eyes frantic fall

The College’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) is headed for a hectic fall after an eventful summer.

In May, WVU President James Clements issued the Bureau’s study showing that direct expenditures from West Virginia University and its affiliated institutions led to a total economic impact of approximately $8.3 billion in business volume in West Virginia.

Donations help four programs

The Koch Foundation has donated $216,300 to support fellowships in the free market area of economics. The donation, to be used over three years, will help the College compete for outstanding graduate students, expand the economics Ph.D. program and provide resources to top students to use in their research.

Charles G. Koch established the foundation in 1980. He is chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries Inc., a company with about 70,000 employees in nearly 60 countries headquartered in Wichita, Kansas.

1979 alumnus named VP at Marathon Oil

Robert L. Sovine

Robert L. Sovine was recently named vice president of human resources at Marathon Oil. A 1979 graduate of the Master of Science in Human Resources (MSIR) program, Sovine is now responsible for managing the company’s human resource policies, programs and practices worldwide. Marathon has nearly 29,000 employees.