Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Name: Kathy Koval
Position: Assistant Dean, Director of Business and Public Management Programs
Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean
Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Name: Danah Allen
Position: Communications and Impact Coordinator
Name: Paige Carey
Why did you choose WCU and/or CBPM?
"While in high school working a part-time job at a database company, my boss encouraged me to study computer science. WCU had a strong computer science program and the campus was relatively close to the business. During my second semester, I realized I was more interested in business than computer science. Already content with all that WCU had to offer, I decided to switch my major to business."
How has the quality of education you received from WCU prepared you for life after graduation?
"My WCU education taught me to seek out every opportunity and the harder I worked, the more opportunities came my way. Make the most out of your education."
What is a typical day like for you?
"The details of my day can consume all of my attention, so I make getting to the fitness center or going for a run an early morning a priority. Over breakfast I read the WSJ, news feeds, and some industry or market research. Once I'm at the office, I'm speaking or meeting with prospective and existing investors, reviewing investment opportunities, and attending internal meetings. My typical week usually includes some travel making investor presentations or interviewing management teams."
What advice would you give to someone who would like to enter your field?
"Concentrate your business classes in finance, develop Excel modeling skills, seek related internships, and consider graduate classes or a CFA designation. Be open to spending a portion of your career in New York or Chicago."
What advice would you give to our graduating seniors?
"Take advantage of each experience and learning opportunity, establish a networking plan, and set career path checkpoints. We are in a good environment for job seekers. Embrace technology and don't let it pass you by. With technology as your friend, you'll be more valuable to your employers and more productive in your everyday life."
What makes our college standout to you?
"The cost for the quality of the education was compelling when I attended and is even more so today. That perspective is coming from a father currently paying college tuition for twins. Additionally, the campus setting is hard to top – a beautiful suburban campus conveniently located near the town."
When you were a student at WCU, did you do an internship and/or study abroad? If so, describe those experiences.
"I did not since I was already working professionally. But, I highly recommend studying or travelling abroad. We're living in a world that is completely globalized. For you to be able to understand the complexities of globalization, I believe you need to have exposure to people who are outside of this country. I am amazed how few students showing any interest in studying and working abroad."
What is your favorite memory of being a student at WCU and/or in our college?
"Definitely walking through the arches of Philips Memorial as I entered the campus and feeling that inspirational sense of community. My fascination with my first investment class sparked my current passion for investing. That may have been the only text book I read cover to cover! And of course, I can't forget all of those less inspiring memories from my social life at WCU. But, I sure had good time."
What's the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn't learn from your resume alone?