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Virginia Kleist Ph.D.

304-293-7939Virginia.Kleist@mail.wvu.edu320Business and Economics Building

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Virginia Kleist Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs,Research, and Academic Operations

Professor, Management Information Systems


Virginia Franke Kleist, Ph.D. is Professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) and Chair, MIS Department at the College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University. Additionally, she is the Program Coordinator for the graduate Business Data Analytics degree. The MIS Department houses undergraduate degrees in MIS and Global Supply Chain Management, a new Master of Science degree in Business Cybersecurity as well serves as a coordinating point for a College-wide graduate level Master of Science program in applied Business Data Analytics. Dr. Kleist holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Duke University, MA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, MBA from Marquette University, MS in MIS and a PhD in MIS with a minor in Telecommunications, also from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Kleist teaches strategic technology at the MBA and Executive MBA level and business intelligence in the graduate MS in Data Analytics program. She also teaches undergraduate Management Information Systems, data communications and network security at the College. She has taught strategic Executive Education classes at organizations such as Simonton Windows, Pratt & Whitney, Orbital ATK and the IRS.

Dr. Kleist's publications are in IS Frontiers, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Global Information Technology Management, Journal of Information Security and Privacy, Information Systems Management, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Electronic Commerce Research, and other outlets. Her topic areas include the economics of information technologies and information systems data security and IT auditing issues.  Professor Kleist has conducted research into optimizing the cost/benefit of security via biometrics.

Kleist spent 10 years in industry in telecommunications network management operations for GTE Corporation (now Verizon), Joy Technologies, Inc., PNC Corporation and the Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation (AHERF). She was an Officer of the bank while at PNC Corporation. Her experiences at these organizations focused on wide area networking and corporate network security, as well as technology operations, and other information systems security related issues. A key theme of her decade of managerial work experience was to understand how to value the organizational ROI for IT expenditures.

In 2014, Dr. Kleist served as a Fulbright Specialist in Ufa, Russia at the Vegu Academy. In 2011, Dr. Kleist served as a Fulbright Specialist in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine at the National Mining University. She has presented her research in Australia, China, Finland, India, and Bahrain. Kleist was a College of Business and Economics Dean’s Scholar recipient in 2015 and won the College of Business and Economics Outstanding Service Award in 2009. Kleist is honored with the WVU Foundation Outstanding University Teacher Award in 2003. Kleist is a 12 year elected member of the WVU Faculty Senate Executive Committee. She is a Board Member of the Global Information Technology Management Association, a member of the Association of Information Systems Special Interest Group in Security, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the Fulbright Association. Kleist was honored with the International Conference on Information Systems Outstanding Dissertation Award in Brisbane, Australia, in 2000. She is currently working on a WVU NSF ADVANCE grant for studying within women differences in learning and using information technology.


  • Ph.D., Management of Information Systems (MIS) and Telecommunications, University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business; 2000
  • M.S., MIS, University of Pittsburgh, 1991
  • M.B.A., Marquette University, 1981
  • M.A., Economics, University of Pittsburgh, 1979
  • B.A., Economics and History, Duke University, 1978

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