The Passing the Leadership Baton Series

The Lewis College of Business recently filmed its very first Passing the Leadership Baton Series video. This first inaugural filming was with students Duncan Waugaman and Isabelle Rogner interviewing Gary White, Interim President of Marshall University. Approximately 30 students, faculty, and other business leaders attended the filming. The video will be released after it has been professionally edited.

Passing the Leadership Baton Series is series of recorded interviews between the Hall of Fame (HOF) inductees and current Marshall students on various leadership topics. Since 1994, we have inducted Marshall alumni who are the best of the best of Marshall Sons and Daughters to celebrate their life-long success and contributions. We are extremely proud of their achievements and would like to have them share their experiences and stories with our currently students. Passing the Leadership Baton Series will be developed to nurture and strengthen this intergenerational relationship.

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The LCOB Undergoes a Face-Lift

Since Spring semester, workers were busy at the Lewis College of Business renovating the administrative and faculty offices in Corbly Hall. Originally the offices housed the Dean’s Office and the Advising Center. The renovation was done in three phases. The first phase, which was completed in May 2015 relocated the Advising Center, which is now located on the third floor of Corbly Hall in room 334. The College’s Advisors and their GA’s are now able to provide students more attention and one-on-one interaction in a private and relaxed setting. The second phase, which was done at the end of the summer entailed renovating the old Dean’s Office space on the first floor of Corbly Hall. This renovation provides additional updated space for all College stakeholders to interact. The newly remodeled space now centrally locates Lewis College of Business administrators, including the Dean, his Administrative Assistant, the Associate Deans, the Director of Stakeholder Engagement, and the Instructional Technologist. Upon entering the new space, Corbly Hall room 107, you will be greeted by Molly Robertson. Behind her, is a working area for the College’s GAs. The space also houses a small kitchen area and a new conference room for meetings.

The third phase took place in late summer, and included a facelift of faculty offices on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. All Lewis College of Business faculty offices and hallways were painted, and new lights put in.

You will definitely see a new look at the Lewis College of Business, so please stop by to see for yourself!

Student Organization Fair

Get involved in your future!

The Lewis College of Business will be holding a Student Organization Fair from TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST TO THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD IN THE LOBBY OF CORBLY HALL. This is a great opportunity for all LCOB students, from freshmen to graduate students, to get involved with one of the many organizations that the Lewis College of Business has to offer. The LCOB has organizations such as the American Marketing Association (AMA), Society for Human Resource Management (SRHM), Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), Alpha Kappa, and so many more. Come to the LCOB Organization Fair and get involved. Not only will it build your resume but it will build friendships that will last for years to come. So get excited and get involved.

Your Future is Our Business.

Students: Apply for a Position on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board

Interested in being a part of the 2015-2016 Student Advisory Board?

The Lewis College of Business is currently in search of motivated student leaders for its 2015-16 Dean’s Student Advisory Board. The board will consist of undergraduate and graduate students selected to serve as the voice of the College’s student population and to serve as a liaison between the student body and administration. The Dean’s Student Advisory Board provides students a forum to voice their needs, concerns, and suggestions as they pertain to future planning and decision making within the College. It also allows students a chance to interact with Lewis College of Business stakeholders.

Meetings will be held once (twice) a month to discuss leadership and volunteer opportunities, assess College and community needs, and work on projects that affect the student body and community. We are looking for student leaders available from September of 2015 through May of 2016.

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LCOB receives $100,000 from BB&T


Marshall University received the eighth installment in a series of $100,000 gifts from BB&T Charitable Foundation supporting the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism in the Lewis College of Business. Dr. Haiyang Chen, Dean, said, “We appreciate the BB&T Charitable Foundation’s support for the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism in the Lewis College of Business (LCOB). We have received eight annual installment of $100,000 each since 2008. The funding has significantly enhanced our ability to improve students’ knowledge and understanding of the importance of American capitalism and entrepreneurship. We are very proud to partner with BB&T Charitable Foundation and are looking forward to continuing this partnership and working together to build future success for our students and the public.”

Moving forward, Chen said, the BB&T Center will continue to play an essential role in the LCOB at Marshall University. One of the top priorities for Marshall University and the College is to strategically invest in high-demand degree programs. We have an ambitious plan to develop a full degree program of innovation and entrepreneurship. To accomplish this goal and others required by the BB&T grant, I have appointed Dr. Deanna Mader, the former Senior Associate Dean, as the new director of the BB&T Center. Dr. Mader has decades of experience in teaching, research and service in the College in the field of marketing, e-commerce, and innovative pedagogy. Additionally, she has administrative experience leading the College since 2011. As she stepped down from the Senior Associate Dean position on June 30, 2015, I want to take this opportunity to thank her for her dedication and contributions to the College.

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Lewis College of Business Announces New Areas of Emphasis for MBA Program

The Lewis College of Business at Marshall University is proud to announce their new Areas of Emphasis for the MBA Program. MBA students can choose to focus their studies in a number of in-depth academic areas, selecting from five Areas of Emphasis that provide direction in achieving specific career goals:

  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

An MBA Area of Emphasis is a sequence of two courses in one discipline, giving you in-depth knowledge in that subject matter.

Marjorie McInerney, Associate Dean for the Lewis College of Business says “The MBA faculty and administrators have worked hard to bring the very best graduate program to our students. We will continue to improve each course to provide our graduates with the most relevant educational experience possible”.

For more information on how to select these Areas of Emphasis please contact Wes Spradlin, Assistant Director of the Graduate School of Management at

Uday Tate Awarded R. G. Miller Jr. Distinguished Chair

Muday-tate-214x300arshall University, Lewis College of Business professor Uday Tate has been selected as the R.G. Miller Jr. Distinguished Chair. Tate also serves as a full professor in Marketing. The nomination, which was approved by the Dean on June 12, 2015, honors and recognizes the distinction of outstanding faculty. This is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a faculty member in the College. Being selected recognizes excellence in teaching, research, and service.

“I am proud to receive this honor, and will justify this honor by productively contributing to the success of LCOB. Specifically, I will continue to support and contribute to the four pillars of success for the Lewis College of Business: (1) Engagement of Stakeholders, (2) Innovation in LCOB’s Business Programs, (3) Impact of Pedagogy, Research, and Service, and (4) Assurance of Learning. As the recipient of the Endowment Professorship and as a faculty member of LCOB, I strongly believe it is my primary responsibility to successfully train, guide, and assist our students in achieving their career goals. In addition, it is imperative that LCOB plants its footprints in the global arena; to this goal, I will continuously dedicate my time and effort.”

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Jacqueline Agesa Becomes Associate Dean of the LCOB

j-agesa-200x300Jacqueline Agesa has been appointed as Associate Dean of the Lewis College of Business beginning July 1, 2015. Jacqueline previously served as Interim Associate Dean from 2012-2013. She joined the College in 2000 and is currently a full professor of Finance. During her tenure she has received the Outstanding Untenured Faculty Member, the Outstanding Teacher, and the Outstanding Researcher awards in the College.

“It is a privilege to serve as an Associate Dean of the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University.  The Lewis College of Business is AACSB accredited. AACSB accreditation is the highest standard of achievement for business schools world-wide. The ability to achieve and maintain AACSB accreditation is indicative of the high quality faculty in the College and their commitment to continuously improve the curriculum and learning environment. The Lewis College of Business is committed to student success and increased engagement with the academic and business community to formulate innovative and impactful initiatives.”

Says Jacqueline as she gears up for this new position, “Keep an eye on the Lewis College of Business. Our best days are ahead.”

Summer Research Awards Announcement

The Lewis College of Business sees how critical it is for faculty to conduct scholarly research, so each year the College financially supports projects through Summer Research Awards. Members of the College’s Faculty Development Committee and Dean Haiyang Chen are pleased to announce the following 2015 award winners:

  • RISHAV BISTA, Assistant Professor, Economics
  • JONATHAN BUTLER, Assistant Professor, Management
  • BEN ENG, Assistant Professor, Marketing
  • ANIL GURUNG, Associate Professor, Management Information Systems
  • MOHAMMAD KARIM, Assistant Professor, Finance
  • DR. WAI KWAN (ELAINE) LAU, Assistant Professor, Management

LCOB Professor Richard Agesa Awarded Highest Faculty Honor

r-agesa-200x300Richard 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.

“I am honored and humbled to be a recipient of this Endowed Chair position. The position has endless possibilities and opportunities. I am excited about the high expectations, responsibilities, and challenges that lie ahead. I look forward to providing leadership and mentorship in research, teaching, and service. I also look forward to being a catalyst for change especially during this period as we implement the Lewis College of Business strategic plan that relies on three basic themes: ENGAGEMENT with students, staff, faculty and with the business community; INNOVATION in research, teaching, and interaction with the business community; and IMPACT on students, the business community, and on the tristate economy and beyond.”

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