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Chambers College appoints Olesh director, will hire executive director at Startup Engine business accelerator

After taking a deep breath when the West Virginia University Board of Governors approved funding last fall for the Startup Engine business accelerator at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, significant pieces of the facility are coming together.

Errine OleshWVU’s business school has announced the appointment of Dr. Erienne Olesh as the director of the Phase 0 Incubator for the Chambers College Startup Engine, as well as the college’s intent to seek an executive director for the business accelerator. The Startup Engine, which has an anticipated completion of date of August 2019, will house WVU’s first startup accelerator program, and is designed to attract, select and accelerate startup businesses focused on the sectors and industries that represent already-existing strengths in the state. Those strengths and recommendations for building a stronger state economy are identified in the West Virginia Forward report, and include industries such as disruptive technologies in the digital economy, data analytics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, coding and IT, energy, natural gas, advanced manufacturing and tourism.

Chambers College retention efforts increase undergraduate enrollment as universities face declining applications

Despite regional and nationwide trends of declining numbers of students graduating from high school, enrollment at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University has increased.

Actually, undergraduate enrollment has increased every year since the business school went to a four-year format in 2011, allowing business students to be directly admitted as freshmen instead of after they have met specific criteria prior to their junior years. That format also benefitted students through earlier access to advisors and increased internship opportunities.

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Beloved accounting professor Robert Maust passes away Monday

Robert Maust, an accounting professor for 50 years at the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University, died on Monday in Richmond, Virginia, after battling a brain tumor for more than five years. He was 81.

Maust, a WVU professor emeritus, was beloved by students and revered by his colleagues at WVU. He was also highly regarded in the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

WVU business school opens enhanced center focused on academic success, communication skills and career preparedness

What if college business students could go to one place where they could get supplemental tutoring for intensive classes, help in writing and speaking skills that will bolster achievement, and assistance in getting ready for the job they want? At West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics, it’s already happening.

When business school students at WVU came back from their holiday break to the spring semester, they found a newly revamped facility called the Academic engagement and Success Center (the AeSC acronym is pronounced “ask”), a center that features the kinds of assistance they need to not only excel academically, but will also propel them into their careers. The most unique aspect of the center is that it operates primarily with students helping students.