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 used to live just outside of West Chester, so I've known about West Chester University for some time now. Over the years, I've applied for a number of different positions here, and am excited to have been hired for this pilot project."
What does this start-up program at West Chester look like?
"WCU hired about six academic coordinators. I advise for the College of Business and Public Management, which includes all business students (accounting, economics and finance, management, and marketing) as well as criminal justice students. Currently, I mainly work with freshman, but am willing to meet with anyone who needs help. If you'd like to schedule some time to meet with me, or just say hi, please email me at RDaniels@wcupa.edu."
What drew you to WCU originally?
"My background is in counseling and I've been working in advising for twenty years. After working in the college setting, I went back to graduate school to obtain my Guidance Counseling Certification, but ultimately, I prefer working at the college level. In the past, I've worked at the Community College of Philadelphia as the Academic Coordinator of the CAP Program and Director of Academic Advising, at the Art Institute of Philadelphia as the Director of the Academic Achievement Center, which covered advising, testing, disability services, and tutoring, and at Montgomery County Community College providing career counseling and advising.
My goal for quite a while has been to get away from the administration side to provide one-on-one service to students. That's why I'm excited about this role at West Chester, because I am able to focus on advising. Hopefully, I'll be able to give some input based on my experience working with students of different ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, age groups, and academic levels."
What do you like best about working at WCU and/or for CBPM?
"Everyone has been very friendly and helpful. There are so many great resources available to students, which is wonderful. I've noticed a declining enrollment at the community college level, where I've worked in the past. So, it's great to be a part of a university that has growth. In fact, I was surprised by how many students are here on campus. I love how vibrant the campus is and being able to work with students one-on-one."
Does any particular moment standout as being your favorite since working at WCU?
"When I first walked onto campus and saw so many students running around out in the sunshine. Hearing the band for the first time was also a great moment."
What are three words or phrases to describe WCU?
"WCU is a school that has so much potential, is exciting, and student-centered."
What is the most interesting part about your job?
"Seeing the excitement and enthusiasm surrounded by helping students connect to the goals they originally set upon coming to college."
What is your advice to someone just getting started in a new career?
"I would say that the first thing is to become knowledgeable about your particular area, so that you can become informed about the policies and procedures of your new work environment. Try to talk to people as much as you can, especially the people who have been there for a long time. Give it your best, accept people for who they are, and come in with a smile!"
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
"I would love to be a part of a high school mentoring program that helps give students a better understanding of what it takes to be successful in college."