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Tara St. Clair

304-293-7221Tara.StClair@mail.wvu.edu459University Place North, Suite 450

Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tara St. Clair

Director of Operations


Tara St. Clair is the Director of Operations for the Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Chamber’s College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. In her role, she provides critical direction for the development and implementation of programs in the Encova Center. Her expertise lies in developing strategies to implement new programs and expand existing programs. St. Clair has a strong commitment to building innovative initiatives that create synergistic relationships between the academic world and the community. She has developed a number of initiatives including the Impact Challenge which is an immersive weekend experience that gives high school and college students the opportunity to work in teams to define solutions for West Virginia’s most pressing challenges. She also works collaboratively to plan, organize, and coordinate with institutions across the state to enhance outreach program participation in West Virginia.



  • Ph.D.(c), Higher Education Administration, WVU
  • M.A., Higher Education Administration, WVU
  • B.S.B.A., Business Administration, WVU

Honors Awards

  • 2020 Awardee, WVU Excellence in Community Engagement
  • 2019 Awardee, Kauffman Foundation Research-to-Practice Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
  • 2021 College Award of Distinction for Outreach

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