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Senior associate dean likes 'hands on'

Nancy Mclntyre

Nancy McIntyre enjoys solving problems and hands-on involvement.

She should get plenty of that as the new senior associate dean at WVU's College of Business and Economics. Dean Jose Sartarelli named Dr. McIntyre to the post in July. In addition, McIntyre will continue in her current position as associate dean for research and outreach, which she has held since 2012.  

"The College of Business and Economics is growing," commented Dean Jose Sartarelli, "and Dr. McIntyre will help me with the ensuing increased demands. There is a lot to keep up with every day, and we will need 'all hands on deck' going forward."

McIntyre, who grew up near Peoria, Ill., joined the College as an associate professor in 2002.  She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology at Illinois State University in 1977, a master's in marketing at the University of Illinois in 1990 and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Rhode Island in 1995.

Since coming to WVU, McIntyre has served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2009-11; interim director of the Entrepreneurship Center, 2011-12; and interim director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research during 2012. 

In her spare time, McIntyre can be found in her pottery studio. She has been throwing clay pieces, certainly a hands-on activity, since graduate school when she began exploring pottery at the University of Illinois. "I enjoy pottery because it's hands-on and one gets instantaneous feedback," she said. "The clay takes shape immediately, and you know rather quickly if it's going to take shape or not."

McIntyre likes to make flat pieces, plates and platters, with designs inspired by natural forms carved on the edges. These, she said, require care during the first stages of formation to prevent cracking, especially in very large pieces. "It's a slow process, and something can go wrong at any stage, but left-brained people need right-brain activities. It's not just relaxing; It helps me cope with my daily undertakings," she said.

Another of her endeavors is being a part-owner of two Morgantown restaurants. She is a partner in Taziki's Mediterranean Café at Suncrest Towne Centre, which opened in 2011, and a Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint that opened in the same area last February. 

Taziki's Mediterranean Café, a restaurant donated by B&E alumni Michael Bodnar and Doug Van Scoy, opened in the WVU Mountainlair on August 2010. WVU President Dr. James P. Clements was the first official customer at the restaurant, which gives all of its net proceeds to B&E.

"I like working with the young entrepreneurs at these restaurants," McIntyre said, 'and watching them grow is great. It's like the pottery: it's hands-on, has immediate results, but in the end, success depends on hard work."

Both restaurants are founded on the principle of helping young entrepreneurs expand on a good idea, and managers are offered an opportunity to earn a percentage of the profits. McIntyre said she hopes that B&E students in the College's hospitality management program will be hired to work at these and other establishments in the Bodnar Group.

As associate dean for academic affairs, McIntyre was responsible for preparing the College for reaccreditation by the AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), and she continues in that role as liaison.  In her current position, she oversees the new Stuart M. and Joyce N. Robbins Center for Global Business and Strategy, the Entrepreneurship Center, the Center for Chinese Business, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research and the Center for Executive Education.

Additionally, McIntyre teaches an online course and is completing a research paper on curiosity as a precursor to creativity and what motivates people to seek creative, innovative solutions to problems. Her research interest involves motivation and self-concepts – how individuals see themselves in the workplace in terms of self-esteem and other measures.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to be a part of the incredible growth that is going on in the College," McIntyre said. "It is a privilege to be involved with our students, faculty and staff in the creation of new programs and new centers. We are in the midst of a strong push to increase diversity in our College and improve programs by exposing students to ethical and global issues, and by providing opportunities for them to engage with the business community at the local, national and global level. It is essential to their success, and it is their opportunity to get 'hands-on' experience!"