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Public Education Collaborative to host roundtable series on economic opportunities through pandemic

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WHAT: 40-TOP Virtual Roundtable Series on opportunities in the economy through COVID-19 pandemic hosted by the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative and the Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia

WHEN: Wednesday, June 24, 10-11:30 a.m.


  • John Deskins, Director, Bureau of Business and Economic Research; Associate Professor, Economics, John Chambers College of Business and Economics; Assistant Dean, Outreach and Engagement
  • Dr. Clay Marsh, Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences, West Virginia University
  • Dr. Kim Becher, Family Medicine Specialist, Community Care
  • Terri Baker, Grants Project Manager, Center for Rural and Community Health, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Dr. Jerome Gilbert, President, Marshall University 
  • Dr. Drema Mace, VP for Community Engagement & Development and Executive Director of the Center for Rural and Community Health at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • F. Scott Rotruck, Chair, WV Public Education Collaborative and Member, West Virginia State Board of Education 
  • Kim Tieman, Health and Human Services Program Director, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

RSVP: Members of the media who are interested in attending the event should RSVP.

NOTES: Experts from across the state will lead a virtual discussion on economic opportunities and growth, as well as service to fellow West Virginians, in the face of today’s worldwide recession. This program is part of the Alliance’s 40-TOP Virtual Roundtable Series, educational and professional development virtual events that were unveiled in April and includes 15-weeks of programming, hosting 40 West Virginia leaders. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive economic disruptions to nearly all industries, businesses and our healthcare system nationwide, pockets of hope and opportunity are emerging. Experts will discuss how lasting changes in the ways we work, serve the community, access healthcare and use the types of technology available to diagnose and contain the novel coronavirus may have the potential for a robust economic revival across West Virginia. 



CONTACT: Katie Farmer
Office of the Provost
West Virginia University


Clark Davis
University Communications
Marshall University

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