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Tara St. Clair

Tara St. Clair

Program Director


304-293-7221Tara.StClair@mail.wvu.edu3110Reynolds Hall

Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Tara St. Clair

Program Director


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. St. Clair has developed and implemented a number of initiatives across the state including her newest program, IgniteWV. She is also an adjunct instructor for the WVU Chambers College of Marketing Department. In 2023, St. Clair became the programming subcommittee chair for the Chambers DICE committee.

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. She also is a co-founder of the company Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Experts.




M.A., Higher Education Administration, WVU
B.S.B.A., Business Administration, WVU

Honors Awards

  • 2019 Awardee, Kauffman Foundation Research-to-Practice Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
    2020 Awardee, WVU Excellence in Community Engagement
    2021 College Award of Distinction for Outreach
  • 2023 Named West Virginia Young Gun Class of 2023
  • 2023 Graduate, Leadership West Virginia


  • 2022 ARC One Appalachia Presentation, Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Through Collaboration
  • 2022 Evolving Energy Panel Moderator on StartUps
  • 2022 Bridging Innovation Co-Host
  • 2022 Positively WV
  • 2022 Positively WV live from Bridging Innovation
  • 2022 Topper Station: On Money with Pete Holloway
  • 2022 WV Public Education Collaborative: Youth Entrepreneurship Speaker
  • 2022 National Entrepreneurship Week: Engaging Your Local Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
  • 2023 Bridging Innovation Co-Host
  • 2023 Pine Room Studio Interview
  • 2023 Positively WV: IgniteWV


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