Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Tara St. Clair
Tara St. Clair serves as the Program Director for the Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the John Chambers 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 WV High School Business Plan Competition and 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.
A Parkersburg native, St. Clair has a passion for collaboration. She co-founded the West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in 2019 and currently serves as the Co-Chair for the ecosystem and Bridging Innovation Week.
- Ph.D.(c), Higher Education Administration, WVU expected 2025
M.A., Higher Education Administration, WVU
B.S.B.A., Business Administration, WVU
- 2019 Awardee, Kauffman Foundation Research-to-Practice Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
2020 Awardee, WVU Excellence in Community Engagement
2021 College Award of Distinction for Outreach