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?
"I'm from the area, so, I've always known about West Chester University, but I first became interested in getting a job here when a few of my friends got jobs here. One friend in particular, Rose Sykes, who I would run into at the Giant practically every payday, would always tell me, 'Paige, you need to come over to West Chester!'"
What drew you to WCU originally? And how has WCU changed since?
"My friends who work here would always talk about how you can advance and improve yourself while working here. You can take classes and continue your education, so that was a plus.
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 interacting with the various people. I love networking and getting to know people. There is so much diversity, so you get to learn a lot, grow a lot, and see a lot."
Does any particular moment standout as being your favorite since working at WCU?
"A couple come to mind. One would be when my daughter graduated. I originally worked in the Office of Graduate Studies, and I would get to know the students from the beginning and grow with them throughout their time here. So, the graduations were always nice because you got to see the students as they progressed to their final goal. Being here for my daughter was really special. It was as if a part of me that was graduating. I got to see how she grew, as well as everyone around her.
Another great memory I have is when a student, Jael Ferguson, asked me to speak at a POESIS event, which is a student organization she belongs to on campus. She said that because I have had a positive influence on her since we met, she wanted me to speak. While speaking to those students, I realized that you don't know what kind of impact you have in a person's life. It was very rewarding."
What are three words or phrases to describe WCU?
"A journey of self-discovery. I say this because of the many opportunities that are available at West Chester University that challenge us to grow academically, spiritually, and physically."
What is the most interesting part about your job?
"I am a social butterfly, so the most interesting part about my job is being able to network with such a diverse group of people."
What is your advice to someone just getting started in a new career?
"Go for whatever your heart desires. Throw caution to the wind. Young people have a tendency to get everyone's advice. Even if they don't want it, people will give it to them. I always tell young people, when you're getting someone's advice or opinion, remember where that person is coming from, or remember that person's experiences. Whatever that person is saying, it's not golden. It doesn't speak for everyone, because they can only tell you about what they know from what they have experienced. You still have to learn for yourself and do what your heart desires, because if you don't, later on down the road you'll find yourself at a point of indecisiveness and you'll be working at a job that's not fulfilling to you, and you'll be full of regret. Go to the people who are doing what it is that you want to do. If you want to be a rocket scientist, talk to a rocket scientist. If you want to be a news reporter, don't listen to someone else who had hardships about how they couldn't do it; go to a news reporter. I would also say to prepare yourself for life's challenges, because life isn't always fair and it isn't always easy. But definitely go in with a good attitude and always have a positive outlook on life. And, always remember that every face has a story, so don't be afraid to say 'hi' to someone because you never know what they are going through."
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
"I would host my own talk show. That is something I would love to do."