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
How did you first learn about WCU?
"My family grew up in West Chester. We lived on Rosedale Avenue, and I would walk through campus to get to what is now Henderson High School."
What drew you to WCU originally?
"The desire to earn a degree was a part of it. I was actually taking classes here at night while I was working at a different job. I didn't have the money to continue on my own, so I got a job here and was able to earn my degree in 2007!
Since I've started working here, WCU has grown significantly. For a while, WCU consistently had a student population of twelve or thirteen thousand. Then, when Dr. Greg Weisenstein took over, we grew to about seventeen thousand students. I'm proud to say that Criminal Justice attracts a relatively large group."
What do you like best about working at WCU and/or for CBPM?
"I love how busy the Criminal Justice Department is. The faculty are a lot of fun, yet still serious and committed to the students. All of the chairpersons are brilliant and it is a pleasure to work for them."
Does any particular moment standout as being your favorite since working at WCU?
"One moment stands out as unusual, I would say. The Olympic runners were running through town with the torch in 1996 for the Atlanta Summer Games. I was at the Registrar's Office, and we all went out to watch them run past. That's something most people never get to see!"
What are three words to describe WCU?
"Town, because the town of West Chester is a big part of WCU's identity. Trees, because there are so many of them throughout campus, and I just love them. Serene, because the campus is quite peaceful, especially once classes are over!"
What is the most interesting part about your job?
"I love the students, and I care about helping them solve their problems. I try to be upfront with them in a subtle way, and I think they appreciate that. And they usually come back to me for further help."
What is your advice to someone just getting started in a new career?
"Don't get discouraged. Don't be intimidated. You'll get better at what you do with practice. Keep your goals in mind and keep working towards them. Recognize opportunities. Be persistent."
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
"I would love to be a Broadway singer. I'd want to be in a Disney musical!"