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
How did you first learn about WCU?
"I learned about West Chester through their website while looking for a job."
What drew you to WCU originally? And how has WCU changed since?
"I had applied a few years prior. I enjoy being an administrator in an educational setting. I came from a public vocational technical high school, and before that, I worked in a college down in Florida.
West Chester has changed a lot, especially the CBPM. We're in a new building, of course. The dean that hired me has since taken a job elsewhere, and now we have an interim dean. Other than that, I've seen growth in all aspects of the college. It's grown in leaps and bounds."
Since starting five years ago, the campus has grown tremendously; new buildings are going up all around us."
What do you like best about working at WCU and/or for CBPM?
"I love the people I work with. Everyone from the dean through the entire faculty and other admins. They're just great to work with."
Does any particular moment standout as being your favorite since working at WCU?
"My favorite moment was probably being hired. That was a great moment for me."
What are three words or phrases to describe WCU?
"Caring, dedicated, and progressive."
What is the most interesting part about your job?
"The variety. There's a lot of variety with what I do. It's one of those jobs where at the end of the job description it says, ‘and anything else that's needed to be done.' That seems to be the phrase for me. ‘Anything else that needs to be done,' I'm more than happy to do. And if I don't know how, I'll learn."
What is your advice to someone just getting started in a new career?
"Go with what makes you happy. Nobody wants to be in a job where they're miserable, but making a lot of money. Yes, money is important, but being happy in what you do translates into doing a really good job. I originally was trained to be an elementary school teacher. I did that for eight years at a private school. Then, I ended up as an admin. I've always enjoyed doing admin work for the school, because I can still keep my feet in the educational part, but still be a help other places."
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
"I would love to work with plants. I would like to be working in a nursery. I really find digging in the dirt and planting things really rewarding."