As the WVU College of Business and Economics strives for unprecedented heights while staying true to its mission, ethics and Mountaineer heritage, we have engaged advisory committees at various levels.
The highly respected and successful individuals that serve on these boards, including alumni, donors and friends of the College, contribute by using their life experiences. The guidance they offer helps to create a better College of Business and Economics.
October 13, 2017
The next meeting of the Visiting Committee and College Advisory Councils is October 13, 2017 in Morgantown, W.Va. Get details and hotel information
Stuart Robbins, Chairman
Stuart Robbins graduated from WVU in 1965 and is the former managing director of
Global Equities for Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette, one of Wall Street's leading
investment banking firms. After retiring, Robbins was chair of the board of directors
of Soundview Technology Group and is currently the chair of the board of directors
of Open Exchange Inc. He has also been a vital part the board of Archipelago and
the board of LaBranche & Co. Robbins is a former Institutional Investor All
Star investment research analyst, a former chair of the WVU Foundation, a member
of the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and a member of the Vandalia Society.
Tina Bigalke is Senior Vice President - Human Resources for Frito Lay’s Commercial Organization, where she shapes HR strategy for over 28,000 associates in North America. In this capacity, she supports Frito’s Chief Customer Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, SVP of Go-to-Market and Transformation, and the North American PepsiCo Customer Teams. Tina joined PepsiCo in 2001. Prior to her current role, she was VP HR – PepsiCo Global Operations, Strategy and Research & Development where advised PepsiCo’s Chief Science Office and Vice-Chairman, and the Executive Vice-Presidents of Global Operations and Strategy. Tina has served PepsiCo and Frito-Lay in a range of HR capacities, including HRVP Headquarters, HR Senior Director – Corporate Business Innovation, Sales HR Senior Director, and HR Director and manager for various sites. Tina holds an MSILR and a BBA in International Studies/Spanish from West Virginia University and participates in the WVU Practicum series, in addition to serving as an alumni mentor. Prior to PepsiCo, she held a range of human resources roles with PPG Industries, Inc., and MagneTek, Inc. Currently, Tina sits on the Advisory Board of CASA of Collin County, a non-profit organization of advocates who are voices for abused children within the court system, leading CASA’s HR Committee, and is an active member of the National Charity League. She is also a top fundraiser for the DFW American Heart Association Campaign. When she’s not working, Tina is either at the basketball court or listening to the marching band with her 2 daughters Emma (16) and Ava (15), or chasing after her chocolate Labrador Lanie.
Bobby Blakley serves as Regional President for the West Virginia Region of BB&T. He manages the WV franchise and is responsible for BB&T’s banking operations in 26 counties and 73 offices. Bobby is a twenty six year banking veteran that has been employed by BB&T since 1988. He has served as a Financial Center Manager in Greensboro, N.C., a Business Services Officer in Sanford and Greensboro, N.C., a Corporate Banker in Greensboro, N.C. and an Area Executive for the Atlanta Region. He was named Regional President of South Atlanta in January of 2006, Regional President of North Atlanta in March of 2008, and Regional President of WV in December of 2011. The North Carolina native earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bobby currently serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Bankers Association, the West Virginia Chamber, the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences, and he is a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston and the West Virginia Roundtable. He and his wife Marsha live in Charleston and have two sons, Cameron (15) and Connor (12).
J. Michael Bodnar
J. Michael Bodnar earned a Civil Engineering degree from WVU and MBA in 1970. Upon graduation, he spent 5 years as CFO and CAO of Shoney’s, Inc. He became an early franchisee of Wendy’s International with operations in Alabama and Georgia. In addition, he founded a software company that became the Back Office Software provided for the Wendy's System. He was recognized as one of the most influential innovators in the Wendy’s system and won numerous awards for his operations. Currently, Mike is actively involved as real estate investor and equity capitalist in start-up restaurants as well as the more established restaurant brands Jim & Nick’s BBQ. For the past several years his focus has been on developing and growing restaurants in the fast casual segment, which include Taziki’s Mediterranean Grill, Baha Burgers, Tellini's Italian Cafe and Martins BBQ Joint. He has been inducted into the WV Business Hall of Fame and the Roll of Distinguished Alumni.
Philip A. Compton
Phil Compton is the Chief Financial Officer and CoFounder of Malcovery Security in Pittsburgh, PA. He has more than 25 years of financial and operational experience in building the team, infrastructure and profitability of both emerging and established technology companies, having helped raise over $100M in venture capital financing. Phil has also served as the CFO for Netronome, CoManage and WiseWire after starting his career with a Big Four public accounting firm. He has fulfilled the role of advisor and enjoys being a mentor to a number of Pittsburgh startups and entrepreneurs. Phil is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from WVU’s College of B & E.
Kim Craig, of Clarksburg, W.Va., earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus in accounting and finance. He currently serves as the president and CEO of F.N.B. Wealth Management. Prior to this, he was employed at Promistar Financial Corp., Johnstown Bank and Trust Com., First National Bank of Morgantown, Blueville Bank of Grafton and Fidelity Union. Craig earned many post-graduate certificates including CTFA from the Institute of Certified Bankers, certification from National Trust School at Northwestern University, and Trust Functions and Services from Pierce Junior College.
Karen S. Evans is serving as the National Director for the US Cyber Challenge (USCC). The USCC is the nationwide talent search and skills development program focused specifically on the cyber workforce. She serves as an independent director, venture partner and outside manager for publicly traded companies. She is an independent consultant in the areas of leadership, management and the strategic use of information technology. She retired after nearly 28 years of federal government service with responsibilities ranging from a GS-2 to Presidential Appointee as the Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the Executive Office of the President. She oversaw the federal IT budget of nearly $71 billion which included implementation of IT throughout the federal government. This included advising the Director of OMB on the performance of IT investments, overseeing the development of enterprise architectures within and across the agencies, directing the activities of the Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council, and overseeing the usage of the E-Government Fund to support interagency partnerships and innovation. She also had responsibilities in the areas of capital planning and investment control, information security, privacy and accessibility of IT for persons with disabilities, and access to, dissemination of, and preservation of government information. Included in her accomplishments are making IPv6, HSPD-12, and SmartBUY (which is leveraging the federal government requirements) a reality; elevating the importance of transparency with the publication of the Management Watch List and High Risk List projects; increasing the focus on cybersecurity to include the Federal Desktop Core Configuration for the government; and balancing the expanded use of technology for citizen services with increasing demands for privacy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a Master of Business Administration degree from West Virginia University. She resides in Martinsburg, WV with husband, Randy and her two children, Jake and Samantha.
John Gianola is the managing partner of the Charleston office of the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. He has been with the accounting firm for 38 years and has served both domestic and international clients. A native of Morgantown, John attended WVU and graduated in 1975 with BS in business administration major. Gianola is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Business Roundtable, and on the board of the WVU Foundation. He has served as a guest speaker in many classes at the WVU College of Business and Economics and has also led educational presentations for trade organizations, clients' management groups, boards of directors, internal groups and law firms.
William R. Harker
William R. Harker, age 46, is President and Co-Founder of Ashe Capital Management, LP, a hedge fund he helped establish in 2013. Before establishing Ashe in 2013, Bill worked at ESL Investments, Inc., a private investment firm, as General Counsel. From 2005 to 2012, he served as a member of the Office of the Chairman at Sears Holdings Corporation and in various other roles including as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to ESL and Sears, Bill was a corporate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He has previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Sears Canada, Inc. Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors of Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc., an Àshe portfolio company, and on the Board of Advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is also a member of the New York State Bar. Bill received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was a member of the Law Review and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from West Virginia University. Bill was born and raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia and currently resides in Old Tappan, New Jersey with his wife, Mala Ahuja Harker, and their two children.
Bryan Katchur, native of Morgantown, graduated from WVU in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Afterward, he began his career at SBR Inc., Parkersburg based company that owned and operated many 7-Eleven convenience stores in four states. He became vice president of SBR in 1987 and took over as president in 1992. He retired in 2005, but occasionally works as a consultant. Katchur is an active member of the President's Club of the American Management Association, Young Presidents' Organization, and other professional organizations.
New Jersey native William F. "Bill" Kennedy received a bachelor's degree in finance from West Virginia University in 1964 and began his career in 1965 as a financial advisor with Eastman Dillon, Union Securities in Baltimore, Md. He joined Kidder, Peabody & Co. in 1980, which merged with Paine Webber in 1995. Before retiring in 2002, he managed a division of 115 branch offices with 2,400 financial advisors and more than $1 billion in revenues. When he retired, Paine Webber renamed its management training program the "William F. Kennedy Leadership and Development Program."
Gary LeDonne is an Executive in Residence at the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics. Gary teaches Income Tax Accounting and counsels students on career development. Gary also serves as Program Coordinator for the WVU Master of Accountancy Program. Prior to joining WVU, Gary served as a Regional Tax Managing partner with Ernst & Young (EY). He retired from EY December 2014. During his three decades of experience in public accounting he worked with hundreds of companies including the world’s largest global companies and many privately owned businesses. Since September 2016 Gary has served on the Board of Directors for MVB Financial, a regional bank holding company serving the mid-Atlantic region. Gary chairs the MVB Financial Compensation Committee and is a member of the Audit, Finance and ALCO committees. Gary is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for MVB Community Development Corporation (“CDC”). CDC is a corporation formed to engage in activities to promote public welfare and to support the communities served by MVB Bank.
Anthony Mauro is the president of Mylan North America, overseeing all business operations in that region. Throughout his 17 year tenure at Mylan, one of the world’s leading generics and specialty pharmaceutical companies, Mauro has held roles of increasing responsibility, including president of Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., the company’s flagship generics division in the U.S. Previously, Mauro served as chief operating officer for Mylan Pharmaceuticals ULC in Canada, vice president of North America Strategic Development and vice president of North America Sales.
Michael Morris, a resident of Morgantown, is a graduate of WVU, the West Virginia School of Banking and the School of Commercial Banking in North Carolina. Morris serves as the SVP and West Virginia Region Manager for the Wealth Advisors Group of Huntington National Bank. He is on the executive and finance committees and is the treasurer for the Milan Puskar Health Right Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the finance committee for Mon General Hospital, a member of the North Central West Virginia Estate Planning Council and on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Carl Nichols, a native of Covington, Virginia, graduated from WVU in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Shortly thereafter, he achieved an associate’s degree in mortuary science and became a licensed funeral director. Since 1995, he has managed and been owner of Hall Funeral Home, Inc. in Purcellville, Virginia. In 2008, Carl started an auxiliary business, Professional Funeral Staffing, to provide staffing support to large funeral homes in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area. That same year, he acquired Military Funeral Services, a funeral service that focuses on the needs of families of fallen service men and women. Additionally, Carl is a founding partner of The 2H Group, a contractor located in Loudoun County, Virginia. Married and the father of a son and daughter, Carl has been a long-time supporter of WVU Athletics. His son currently attends WVU.
L. Scott Phillips
Scott Phillips earned an MBA at WVU and holds a CPA, CLU, ChFC and CASL. He is the managing director for the MetLife agency, Gateway Capitol Financial. Under his direction, the agency has grown into four offices in the Metro D.C. area. Phillips has been honored with numerous awards including MetLife Management Hall Fame, five GAMA Career Development Awards, three Bronze National Management GAMA Awards and a Silver National GAMA Award. Phillips is the former president of the WVU Baltimore Alumni Association.
Penelope "Penni" F. Roll
Penni Roll graduated magna cum laude, earning her BSBA in accounting at WVU in
1988. She is the CFO of the Ares Management Credit Group, as well as for Ares
Capital Corp. She joined Ares in April 2010. She served as the CFO of Allied
Capital Corp. from 1998 until April 2010, when it was acquired by Ares Capital
Corp. She started at Allied as its controller in the firm’s audit practice focusing
on financial services companies in 1995. Prior to that, she was at KPMG LLP.
While at WVU, Roll was a Chi Omega and a member of Mountain.
Philip E. Rosenthal
Phil Rosenthal graduated from WVU in 1964 with a business management degree. He joined Nationwide Credit corporation as a collector in 1969, purchasing the organization one year later in 1970. He currently serves as the President. He has been a member of the VCA Board of Directors since 1972, serving in all offices of the Association. He has held the position of Legislative Chairman for more than 30 years. Mr. Rosenthal has served for many years on the Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), an organization comprised of 600,000 small U.S. businesses. While at WVU, he was a member of the Phi Sigma Delta fraternity.
Jack Rossi graduated from WVU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. He serves as the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Summit Community Bank. He is the immediate past Presiding Member (Managing Partner) of Arnett Carbis Toothman, P.L.L.C. (Arnett Foster Toothman PLLC). He served as Presiding Member for over 10 years. He has over 40 years of varied auditing, accounting and consulting experience as a CPA. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has served as a member of the West Virginia Board of Accountancy and is a Past President of the West Virginia Board of Accountancy. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia University Alumni Association. He was the 2013 recipient of the WVU Alumni “Most Loyal Mountaineer” award.
John Scerbo is the founder of the Sensory Network, which enables the pursuit of partnership and exploration of unique ideas with high-achieving individuals and institutions. He also serves in Emeritus capacity at Catterton Partners. Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Catterton Partners. Mr. Scerbo joined the firm in 2000 and was the Chief Compliance Officer at the firm. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Vice President and Controller at WeMedia, Inc. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Scerbo was the Corporate Controller of Alarmguard Holdings, Inc. and provided acquisition services to ADT Security Services, Inc upon its purchase of Alarmguard in 1999. From 1991 to 1996, he held various corporate and operating positions in finance at Welbilt Corporation and Grolier Publishing, Inc. Mr. Scerbo spent a decade in various roles at small and midsized privately held and publicly traded companies, primarily in the consumer industry, with a strong focus on investor relations, administration, acquisitions and related integration, technology, and all areas of finance, accounting, and tax. Mr. Scerbo has extensive experience in private equity, corporate finance, and operations. He began his career in public accounting. Mr. Scerbo served on the Board of the New York chapter of the Private Equity C.F.O. Association. He received a B.B.A in Accounting from Pace University.
Michael J. Stolarczyk
Michael joined VeriStor in May 2016, from Microsoft, where he was Director of Global Logistics Asia, domiciled in Hanoi, Vietnam. Prior to Veristor, Michael had various C level roles with companies like Southern Towing Corporation, Kontane Logistics, A. P. Moller Maersk Group, and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. In 2002, Michael’s efforts led to the Maersk’s quantum growth in Central Europe, and he was named to Fast Company magazine’s debut list of “Fast 50: Global Innovators Whose Achievements Helped Change Their Company or Society.” Michael published his first book, “Logical Logistics – A Common Sense Primer for your Supply Chain” in January 2011. He is an Executive Board Member of the Make-A-Wish South Carolina Foundation, plus is a founding Board Member of the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund in Charleston, WV. He earned a BSBA in Organizational Design and Development from West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics and attended the Executive Graduate Education Program at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Douglas Van Scoy
Douglas R. Van Scoy received his bachelor’s degree in business in 1966 and his MS degree in 1968, both from WVU. He is a retired business executive who spent much of his career on Wall Street. After 30 years of service, he retired in 2001 as senior executive vice president of Smith Barney in New York. He is presently founder and partner of Pit Partners, a hospitality business in South Carolina, where he and his partners own and operate several restaurants. He is also a partner in multiple restaurants located in Morgantown and serves on the Board of Taziki’s. Doug has served as a trustee and chairman of the Galloway School in Atlanta and a trustee of the University of Richmond, and is currently on the board of directors of Sterling Asset Management. Additionally, Doug has served as a board member and chairman of the West Virginia University Alumni Association, and currently serves on the West Virginia University Foundation Board. He has been inducted into the WV Business Hall of Fame and the Roll of Distinguished Alumni.
Robert (Bob) Welty
Bob Welty forged a career in banking that spans more than 30 years following his
graduation from the University of Charleston. He spent significant time with
One Valley Bank and became senior vice president of BB&T when it bought One
Valley. He counts his role as market president for Fifth Third Bank in Charleston,
W.Va., as his most fulfilling professional achievement to date. Welty is active
in his community and is passionate about mentoring and developing businesses
in his home state, which is what drives him to give back to West Virginia. His
involvement in organizations around the state crosses a variety of industries
and needs. Welty currently serves on the board of directors for St. Mary’s Medical
Center Foundation, and as vice chairman of the board for the West Virginia Jobs
Investment Trust and Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center
(MATRIC). His dedication to B&E has included working with fellow board member
and private equity expert John Scerbo, who created “Up All Night,” an event through
which students were taught the practical aspects of acquiring a company.
Ray White is a Managing Director of Solenture based in Pittsburgh focused on managing relationships with key clients. Prior to Solenture, Ray was the CEO of the Watson Institute in Sewickley, PA, the Parent organization of the Margaret H. W. Watson Foundation. Before joining the Watson Institute Ray was a Principal and Senior VP for 27 years for Johnson & Higgins, at the time the world’s largest private insurance Broker/Consultant. During his tenure with Johnson & Higgins Ray served on their national sales and marketing committee, and worked in their offices in New York, Pittsburgh and Washington DC. Ray is a graduate of West Virginia University with a major in Finance. Ray expanded his education with a graduate certificate with highest distinction from the College of Insurance in New York City and completed the Marketing Management Program in the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Ray has served as President of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, the West Virginia University Alumni Association - Pittsburgh Chapter, and is a past Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics, where he remains on the board and serves as an adjunct faculty member.
David L. Woodrum, a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, has a broad spectrum of health care administration, ambulatory care, turnaround management and revitalization experience. He was President of The Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, WV and of hospitals in Saudi Arabia and Texas. He has been a health systems administrator and has extensive experience in planning, management, marketing of hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, freestanding ambulatory projects such as cardiac catheterization laboratories, urgent care centers, freestanding emergency centers plus imaging and oncology centers. He has extensive operating and consulting experience in numerous foreign countries. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Hospital Association. He was a founding partner in Woodrum/Ambulatory Systems Development, LLC, a national ambulatory surgery and ambulatory care company. Currently, he is President of Woodrum, Inc., a national acute and ambulatory care management and consulting company. He holds a Masters of Business Administration with a major in Health Care Administration from The George Washington University, Washington, DC and currently is a member of GWU’s part time faculty. He is a re-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Woodrum is a diplomate and certified in health care administration and is a certified health care consultant. Currently, he is the Chairman of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Healthcare Consultants Forum. He has served as Corporate Secretary of the National Resident Matching Program and has served as chairman officer of health care organizations. He has also been inducted into the Roll of Distinguished Alumni of the WVU College of Business and Economics and is a past national President of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.