By Morgan Goddard, Assistant Editor
After West Liberty University’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter appeared at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta Ga., it comes as no surprise that the Gary E. West College of Business is teeming with more exciting news.
“Our biggest story continues to be the success of our MBA program,” Professor Mike Blackwell Interim Chair, said. “Our original goal was to have 16 students in the inaugural class that began in August. We did virtually no advertising and still had to cap fall enrollment at 40 students. We will be likely allowing 40 more students to enter the program in January. We currently have over thirty qualified applicants looking to enroll in January.” Dr. Greg Chase is the director of the program.
Enrollment is not the only change to come to the college, the College of Business also has some new faces in personnel. Interim Dean Jean Bailey retired on June 30, 2016. The college had previously welcomed the new Dean, Mike Turrentine, in the spring. Dr. Carrie White left to take a position with WVU, and Dr. John Aulerich left the university as well.
It was after the departure of Dr. White that Professor Mike Blackwell became the Interim Director of the Undergraduate Business Program. The college also welcomes visiting finance professor, Dr. Carole Adams. Dr. Adams previously taught at West Liberty at the end of her career between 2006 and 2008, and will be here for the entire academic year.
In addition to the new staff, interesting new facts on current personnel arose.
“I know Veteran’s Day is in November, but campus-wide we have many faculty members who are veterans,” Blackwell said. “From the College of Business, Jim Crumbacher and Lou Leonhart are U.S. Army veterans. Dave Wright was an officer in the U.S. Navy, and the Provost Dr. Brian Crawford spent a significant amount of his career in the military.”
Another interesting insight is that several faculty members in the College of Business are West Liberty alumni. Dr. Craig Crow, Mark Pissos, Dave Wright and Professor Blackwell are WLU graduates. Dean Turrentine also attended West Liberty to receive a teaching certification.
With so many proud alumni, a successful master’s program, and Phi Beta Lambda successfully representing West Liberty University, we can expect many things from the Gary E. West College of Business this year.