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WVU’s Finance University goes virtual this year to ‘teach teachers’ how to prepare students for financial realities

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Naomi Boyd will lead a panel of experts during the 2020 Finance University, held virtually this year. (WVU Photo)

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Experts from around the region will be available to help West Virginia teachers prepare their students to make smart financial decisions as they enter college and the workforce in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finance University, led by Naomi Boyd from the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University is a virtual event this year, taking place July 16-17 and July 20-21. It is open to all West Virginia teachers and educators in neighboring counties in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.


“Now more than ever, Americans are realizing the importance of having a strong financial plan in place, including emergency savings, a budget and proper insurance. Preparing students to handle financial decisions begins with properly preparing and training educators to teach and deliver personal finance lessons in the classrooms. The goal of Finance University is to serve as a framework to combat the current challenges and give educators the tools to prepare their students for future financial challenges.”

-Naomi Boyd, Fred T. Tattersall Chair of Finance and director of the Center for Financial Literacy Education, John Chambers College of Business and Economics


  • Finance University educates attendees about online financial programs and calculators that can help gauge their level of preparedness.
  • Finance University is recognized as a best practice for teacher trainings by the U.S. Financial Literacy Education Commission. Attendees receive three hours of professional development credit, and participation satisfies the West Virginia Department of Education’s requirements to attain the Personal Finance Education Specialist advanced credential.
  • WVU Center for Financial Literacy and Education
  • Employee Benefit Research Institute

Targeted Audience:

  • Educators
  • Students
  • Public school administrators
  • Financial advisors
  • People interested in money management



CONTACT: Heather Richardson
John Chambers College of Business and Economics
Office of Strategic Communications

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