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WVU standout football receiver David Sills: Football, finance and the business of life going forward

For David Sills V, the road to West Virginia University was anything but typical. And, as it turns out, his departure will be just as unique.

As he walked across the stage at the WVU Coliseum on December 15 to receive a finance degree, Sills realized that a new chapter had just started. But don’t think that what he learned at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics or the Mountaineer he has become will leave him anytime soon.

WVU business school names Kleist new associate dean

Virginia Franke Kleist, Ph.D., has been named the new Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Research and Academic Operations at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. The announcement was made to faculty and staff at WVU’s business school by Javier Reyes, Milan Puskar Dean, on Nov. 28. The appointment is effective January 1, 2019.

Dr. Kleist is currently a professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) and the chair of the Chambers College MIS Department. Since becoming chair, in addition to the undergraduate MIS program, the department team has added an undergraduate major in Global Supply Chain Management; a graduate, online Master of Science in Business Data Analytics; a graduate, online Master of Science in Business Cybersecurity Management; and two new undergraduate minors in business data analytics and business cybersecurity management.

Business school leads WVU Day of Giving event on November 14

Supporters of West Virginia University donated more than $6.2 million on November 14 during the University’s second annual Day of Giving, more than doubling last year’s total. And on just its fifth day with its new name, the John Chambers College of Business and Economics made the day count that was promoted as “One Day to Give Back.”

WVU’s business school raised $1,878,033 on the strength of 365 separate gifts, leading the University in both the amount raised and the total number of gifts. The total donated to WVU was $6,243,176 through 3,001 gifts during the 24-hour online giving event.

Storied MSIR program celebrates 60th anniversary at WVU

You may not know it, but West Virginia University is home to one of the most storied and historically significant programs of its kind in the nation.

The Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Human Resources  program, commonly known as MSIR and housed in the WVU College of Business and Economics, was the focus of a 60th anniversary celebration over the weekend in WVU’s business school. For the program that became fully operational in 1958 — only seven years after WVU created the College of Commerce that would become B&E — program alumni and students came together to celebrate MSIR’s history, success and evolution.

WVU business school alum, fashion line creator establishes scholarship and enrichment fund

Inspiring and supporting young entrepreneurs as they pursue their dreams, Nesha Sanghavi is paying it forward in the form of a major gift to the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics.

Sanghavi is a 2008 finance and economics graduate, and was a finalist in the West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition. She launched UG Apparel in 2011 because she saw a lack of fashionable options for women when it came to collegiate sports apparel. With her line in approximately 500 retailers nationwide, she commemorated her success by donating $100,000 in late 2017 to establish the Nesha A. Sanghavi Endowed Scholarship and the Nesha A. Sanghavi Endowed Student Enrichment Fund

B&E Alumni Hospitality Tent at WVU Homecoming October 6

The College of Business and Economics will host a hospitality tent on October 6 in Tent City below Milan Puskar Stadium. Alumni are welcome to stop by the tent for food and camaraderie starting at 10:00 a.m., two hours before kickoff. The Mountaineers will take on the Kansas Jayhawks in the Homecoming Game.