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West Virginia State University Announces New Concentration In Energy Management

Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration to support oil and gas industry

INSTITUTE, W.Va., Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) has announced a new concentration in energy management to its Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration designed to support the state's growing oil and gas industry. The energy management concentration will provide WVSU graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to excel across various aspects of the oil and gas industry.

"Oil and gas industry leaders have shared with us the need for individuals who possess the knowledge and skills to communicate with geologists and engineers in operations as well as possess the business expertise to properly manage personnel and accounts in the office. This new program will bridge these two vital aspects together for the next generation of business leaders in the energy industry," said Dr. Katherine Harper, Dean of the WVSU College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

"Through this degree program, WVSU students will graduate with the experience and knowledge needed to lead energy companies, in West Virginia and beyond, to more diverse and robust financial portfolios," said Dr. David Bejou, Dean of the WVSU College of Business and Social Sciences.

The energy management concentration was developed following a January 2013 meeting with WVSU President Dr. Brian O. Hemphill and industry leaders including: Charles Patton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Appalachian Power; Kyle Mork, Senior Vice President of Eastern Operations, Energy Corp. of America; Henry Harmon, President and CEO, Triana Energy; and others.  At the gathering, participants noted the growing need for a core curriculum in higher education to include financial markets around energy as well as technical or applied knowledge in order to strengthen energy companies and the industry sector as a whole.

"Having employees who understand the financial markets around energy is a huge benefit to many companies in the field of energy, business and strategic management," said Patton. "I'm thankful WVSU not only listened to our industry's needs but has developed an answer in the form of this new concentration."

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