BB&T continues support for capitalism center at Marshall with another gift of $100,000


Marshall University today received the ninth installment in a series of $100,000 gifts from BB&T supporting the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism at the university’s Lewis College of Business.

David L. Helmer, Senior Vice President and Regional Corporate Banking Manager for BB&T, presented the latest check of $100,000 to Dr. Ron Area, CEO of the MU Foundation Inc., and Dr. Deanna Mader, director of the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism, during a brief ceremony in the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall, Home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

This gift brings to $900,000 the total amount given by BB&T since an entrepreneurial program called the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism was established in 2008.

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Interim dean looks to restore prominence of MU Business College


HUNTINGTON – Some of the most noted alumni from Marshall University graduated from its Lewis College of Business.

Intuit CEO Brad Smith and Verna Gibson, who was the first woman to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, The Limited, both are West Virginia natives and graduates of Marshall’s College of Business.

Smith and Gibson both also have become renowned locally for their willingness to support local efforts to repair, restore and otherwise promote growth and education in the state in addition to their professional duties.

It’s those local connections and success stories that Marshall and College of Business officials are looking to reinforce among the more than 1,500 students in the College of Business and its roughly 12,000 active alumni in an effort to increase the prominence of the school and benefit students in business and academic settings.

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Head of new health care management degree ‘commutes’ to teach


Rick Haye | University Communications

At any college or university, there will be a percentage of commuter students, those students who live in the area and choose to live at home as opposed to staying in dorms. At Marshall, commuter students travel from places such as Charleston, Barboursville, across the river in Ohio and Kentucky, and especially here in Huntington. However, students are not the only commuters at Marshall.

Professor Dr. Kent Willis is a ‘commuter professor.’ Willis teaches at both Marshall’s Huntington and South Charleston campuses. Aside from traveling from one campus to another, Willis is the director of Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business new bachelor’s degree program in health care management. Just as commuter students might face some challenges, so does Willis.

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Fifth District Federal Reserve Bank president to speak


Dr. Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Fifth District Federal Reserve Bank, will speak on the topic “Does Federal Reserve Governance Need Reform?” at Marshall University’s Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Mayor Steve Williams will welcome Lacker to Huntington. The Marshall University BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism will sponsor a reception immediately after the speech.

Lacker has been president of the Fifth District Federal Reserve Bank since Aug. 1, 2004. The Fifth District, based in Richmond, Virginia, covers the states of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, 49 counties constituting most of West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Lacker is a Ph.D. economist, having earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1984. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Franklin & Marshall College in 1977, after which he joined Wharton Econometrics in Philadelphia. After earning his Ph.D., he was an assistant professor of economics at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University from 1984 to 1989. He then joined the Federal Reserve Bank in 1989 as an economist in its research department, and later served in several positions including vice president and director of research before becoming president.

Lacker has written and spoken extensively on monetary, financial, and payment economics and has presented his work at many universities and central banks. He has also taught at The College of William and Mary and has been a visiting scholar at the Swiss National Bank.

The business community is invited and encouraged to attend this event, which is free and open to the public.

Winners named in O’Hanlon Essay Contest


A pair of Marshall University graduate students took first- and second-place in the 2016 Dan O’Hanlon Essay Contest, results of which were announced Monday in a brief ceremony in the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy in Old Main on the Huntington campus.

Gregory S. Ward won the contest, and Cindy Krepps was second. The question for the 2016 contest was “The Electoral College: Should We Keep It, Abolish It, or Reform It?”

Ward titled his essay Defending The Fence: The Electoral College’s Vital Role Within Madison’s Republican Model. Krepps titled hers Dissolving the Electoral College: America’s Cry for Change. This was the first time graduate students had won both prizes.

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Lewis College of Business appoints new division heads


The Marshall University Lewis College of Business has appointed three new division heads.

Dr. Richard Agesa will serve as the new head of the division of Finance and Economics, and Dr. Frederick Mader and Dr. Doohee Lee will serve as interim co-heads of the Division of Management, Marketing and Management Information Systems, according interim dean Bob Simpson.

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Four Lewis College of Business faculty honored

Four faculty members from the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University have been honored by the college’s Faculty Awards Committee for their research, teaching and service, according to Glen Midkiff, director of stakeholder engagement.

Recipients of the awards receive a framed certificate and a monetary award in recognition of their achievements.

“We are excited to be able to recognize and honor the outstanding professors we have at Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business,” said LCOB Dean Dr. Haiyang Chen. The winners are:

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Gerber, Hartley, Hoops, Lanham to join Business Hall of Fame


Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business Advisory Board has voted four highly successful business leaders into the LCOB’s Hall of Fame.

The 2016 Hall of Fame inductees are Michael W. Gerber, Carol Hartley, Jeff Hoops and Charles C. Lanham (1928-2015).

The College of Business 2016 induction ceremony will take place tomorrow, Thursday, April 28, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. The induction ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Some tickets, which cost $300 apiece, are still available. For more information, call Molly Robertson at 304-696-2316, or e-mail her at

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Marshall University Senior Travis Donahoe Named as Alternate for Prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholar

donahoe-editedTravis Donahoe, a Marshall University senior who is double majoring in Management and Public Health, has been named as an alternate for the Gates Cambridge scholarship. The scholarship is highly competitive and offers winners the opportunity to pursue their graduate degree at the University of Cambridge, along with access to a prestigious alumni network.

Travis, originally from Huntington, WV, is a member and former president of Alpha Kappa Psi, Marshall’s professional, honorary business fraternity, and has been involved with Faith in Action (River Cities) in the past. He also currently works as for Marshall University’s Center for Business & Economic Research. A member of the Honors College, he also has frequently worked as a research assistant with Marshall faculty Dr. Monika Sawhney and Dr. Rishav Bista on projects related to public health in Appalachia. His graduate school plans involve researching the epidemiology of chronic diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa, through which he hopes to explore risk factors for chronic diseases in local communities so as to better inform preventative interventions and policy decisions.

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New 2015-2016 Dean’s Student Advisory Board

The Dean of the Lewis College of Business (LCOB), Dr. Haiyang Chen, and Associate Deans Drs. Marjorie McInerney and Jacqueline Agesa, would like to congratulate the following students for their acceptance into the 2015-2016 Dean’s Student Advisory Board (DSAB):


Graduate Student Board Members:

  • Ali Asad Hafeez, MBA
  • William Mills. Human Resource Management
  • Muhammad Taha Saifullah. MBA

Undergraduate Student Board Members:

  • Justin Baisden, Accounting
  • Elijah Duduit, Management
  • Katelyn Farr, Accounting and Management
  • Kourtney Ferrell, Healthcare Management
  • Sarah Gabhart, Economics
  • Cody Hatten, Management and Marketing
  • Ashleigh Keller, International Business
  • Kaylee Oney, International Business
  • Rachel Rohrbach, Accounting
  • Jacob Roman. Marketing and Economics
  • Danica Ross, Marketing
  • Nguyen Thai. MIS
  • Victoria Walker, Healthcare Management

These students represent the diverse and vibrant culture of the LCOB. For the upcoming academic year, they will serve as the voice of the College’s student population, acting as a liaison between the student body and administration. The DSAB provides students a forum to voice their needs, concerns, and suggestions pertaining to future planning and decision making within the College.

Congratulations to these student leaders!