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: Julie Ferris
Position: Administrative Assistant
Dr. Lorraine (Laurie) Bernotsky provides leadership in the areas of curriculum development, general education, graduate education, new program development, program review, assessment, accreditation, articulation agreements with other 2- and 4-year institutions, academic policies, and faculty development. She oversees the Office of Graduate Studies, the Office of Institutional Research, the office of the Dean of University College, as well as the Teaching and Learning Assessment Connection. Dr. Bernotsky is also the founder of WCU’s Center for Social and Economic Policy Research. The Center has strong connections with government and nonprofit organizations in the region and has prepared and disseminated dozens of technical research reports, presented findings in a variety of public and community venues (radio, print media, television, and live events), and maintained an active research, evaluation, and policy expertise presence on behalf of WCU for local and regional nonprofit, public, and private organizations. Dr. Bernotsky earned an M.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford and an M.A. in Sociology from Temple University before completing her D.Phil. in Politics at the University of Oxford. Her research interests and publications include women in politics, economic development, as well teaching and learning.
Dr. Bernotsky has worked with a number of community organizations in her capacity as the Director of the Center for Social and Economic Research (CSER). She has provided research and need assessment studies for the following organizations and groups: Greater Harrisburg Health Start, Chester County Futures Program, Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, Math/Science Partnership of Greater Philadelphia, Berks County Community Health Department and the Chester County Department of Public Health, Chester County United Way, among others.