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?
"When I was in high school, my parents moved from Long Island to West Chester. And, I went to Shippensburg, so I was very familiar with PASSHE."
What drew you to WCU originally? And how has WCU changed since?
"I lived in southern Chester County for over 20 years, and always worked for small companies (and usually traveled a distance to get to work). When I relocated to West Chester, I wanted a change, and looked for an opportunity to work for a larger scale entity close to home. WCU was on my radar because of its reputation."
Since being here I’ve seen tremendous growth, both at the university and college levels. There are more students, employees, and the new building has been a big change for me because we were out at the Graduate Center, and were a bit isolated."
What do you like best about working at WCU and/or for CBPM?
"I love being on main campus now, and I like the colleagues I work with. I also love working with the students – they keep you ‘young’."
Does any particular moment standout as being your favorite since working at WCU?
"There’s no particular moment, but part of my job involves recruiting new students, and it’s great to watch a prospect that I meet at an event become a student, and eventually graduate. I enjoy being able to keep in touch and follow them through the entire process, from prospect, to admit, to student, and then graduation."
What are three words or phrases to describe WCU?
"Innovative. Connected. Community."
What is the most interesting part about your job?
"No two days are ever the same!"
What is your advice to someone just getting started in a new career?
"Follow your instincts, and know what makes you happy. It’s not always about the money. Even if you make a mistake, you’ll learn from it."
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
"I would want to be a psychic (and be my own first customer).”