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!

Master’s in Health Care Administration Program Recognized

Marshall University’s M.S. degree in health care administration has been named as one of the most affordable in the U.S. by Healthcare Administration Degree Programs.

The No. 18  ranking for affordability was calculated using information from the  National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database, which is published by the National Center for Education Statistics. The editors made note of the AACSB-accredited College of Business at Marshall, highlighting the South Charleston campus, where the health care administration program is administratively housed. The program is offered on both the South Charleston and Huntington campuses.

The article can be found here:

In citing Marshall’s program, the article said, “Our search in the College Navigator returned 287 institutions in America offering these types of degrees. The schools were evaluated based on the total cost of attendance, including yearly tuition and fees. In-state tuition rates were used where applicable.”

Marshall was also named as having one of the Best Master’s in Health Administration Degrees of 2015-2016 by Public Health Online, ranking at 39th.

The complete ranking and method of calculation can be found here:


Faculty Recognized with High Honors


Two Lewis College of Business faculty members, Richard U. Agesa and Uday Tate have been recognized with high honors.

Richard U. Agesa, professor of economics, has been selected as the Elizabeth McDowell Lewis Endowed Chair. The Endowed Chair was bestowed on Professor Agesa based on his sustained research in quality nationally and internationally recognized economic s journals, his passion for teaching, and his dedication to service in the Lewis College of Business and Marshall University.

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Lewis College of Business Holds First Entrepreneurship Workshop

Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business in partnership with the City of Huntington, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, and Generation Huntington presented a workshop on September 25th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for individuals in the community who are thinking about starting their own business. The one-day event was designed to help those thinking about starting a business avoid costly mistakes and learn how to present their ideas in order to obtain investor funding.

“Marshall University wants to support local Entrepreneurs and those considering starting up a business. These individuals represent the economic future of Huntington and the Tri-State region and Marshall is deeply committed to helping them succeed,”
Jonathan Butler, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

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