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