Marc Chini has had a wildly successful career since he launched into the world from B&E. During his stint with parent company GE (General Electric), he has worked for companies such as NBC Universal and GE Capital.
Now executive vice president and human resource leader for Synchrony Financial, a business that went public in 2014 and is currently majority owned by GE, Chini has been elected to the West Virginia University Foundation Board of Directors. Chini, who received his bachelor’s in business administration in 1980 and a Master of Science in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MSIR) in 1981 from B&E, said he is excited to work for the betterment of his alma mater.
“I really only think about it in terms of giving back to the University that has made such a significant difference in my life and the lives of my family,” said Chini. “I hope in some way I can contribute to the needs of WVU to support its continued growth and development so, in turn, people can have the same opportunities that have meant so much to me.”
Chini has served on B&E’s MSIR Advisory Board and has helped elevate that graduate program through support of internship opportunities and working with students. Now, of course, he has stepped down from the B&E board to work in this new capacity for WVU.
“I feel I owe the university so much for the education and its ultimate impact on my career,” Chini said. “I literally could not have expected the run that I have had from a professional standpoint, and can honestly say the academic experience at WVU was a tremendous foundation that allowed me to take those very early successful steps. I look forward to the Foundation board assignment given the broader reach across the University and ability to continue to give back to WVU.”
The New Canaan, Connecticut, resident is passionate about WVU and quick to attribute his professional success to his time spent at the business school.
“The educational foundation was a key factor in my early career success post-graduation. I can literally remember referring to course work and classroom discussions in my early assignments and making the connection to the business world,” he said. “Today, I enjoy coming back to campus and providing real work experiences to students and supporting the MSIR/B&E initiatives and programs. This open and willing approach to reach out to executives is one of the key factors, if not the key factor, in the success and relevance of the programs.”
His first WVU Foundation meeting will occur this fall in Morgantown.