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Registration still open for March 18 M.B.A. summit on West Virginia’s economy

ISSUED: 3 March 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Registration is still open for the Shepherd University M.B.A. summit Reinventing West Virginia: Respecting the Heritage and Realizing the Future, scheduled for Saturday, March 18, in Erma Ora Byrd Hall. The event, which hopes to provide guidance on how West Virginia can pull itself out of the current economic crisis, will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and is open to the public at cost of $39.

The summit will begin at 8 a.m. with a breakfast in the Student Center Storer Ballroom that includes a keynote address by Dr. Linton Wells II titled “Integrating Innovation, Economics, and Education.” Wells is managing partner of Wells Analytics, LLC, a consulting firm that focuses on the links between technology, strategy, and decision-making. He is also a former principal deputy assistant secretary of defense under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and has served as acting assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration and Department of Defense and chief information officer overseeing the defense department’s $30 billion budget for information technology where he was responsible for enhancing the department’s networked capabilities and support structures. From 2010 to 2014, Wells led the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University.

The keynote speaker for lunch in the Student Center Storer Ballroom will be Patrick Morrisey, attorney general of West Virginia. Morrisey has been attorney general since January 2013. From 1999-2004, Morrisey served as the deputy staff director and chief health care counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. Morrisey, who has a law degree from Rutgers University, has also been an associate with the law firm Arent Fox and a partner at both Sidley Austin and King and Spaulding.

The summit will offer four one-hour long forums in Erma Ora Byrd Hall that will address specific topics relevant to economic growth in the state—energy, education and technology, tourism, and marketing.

For more information and to sign up for the summit, visit

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