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College of Business & Public Affairs

Dean's Office

College of Business and Public Affairs
624 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Name: Michelle L. Patrick, Ph.D.
Position: Dean

Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant

Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean

Name: Ruth Flanagan
Position: Administrative Assistant


Knowledgeable, accessible faculty provide student-centered learning experiences. Faculty engage in scholarly activities related to teaching, their field, and/or community issues. Regional businesses and community organizations rely on the college as a resource using these services: Business Technology Center, Geographic Information Systems Laboratory, Internet Presentation Group, Center for Social and Economic Research, and the Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center.


GIS and Spatial Analysis Lab

The GIS and Spatial Analysis Center supports students taking GIS, computer cartography, remote sensing, business GIS, land use planning and several other course taught in the Department of Geography and Planning. The Center also provides research support and services for Faculty, local agencies, businesses and the Chester County community to access and analyze geospatial information relevant to their disciplines and interests.

The types of analysis that can be completed utilizing the Center and its resources include the following: analyzing and solving environmental problems, locating optimal sites for new organizations and businesses, analyzing the impacts of proposed land use changes, prioritizing open space and natural resource preservation efforts, modeling natural processes like storm water runoff and flooding, and meeting many other critically important challenges.

Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Center

The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center serves as a catalyst for regional economic development by promoting entrepreneurship at West Chester University in Chester County and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Designed to inspire students and engage in entrepreneurial ventures by exposing them first hand to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial environments and to foster economic development, the Center provides access to the many resources of West Chester University’s College of Business and Public Affairs. The Center offers seminars and workshops, guest lectures, and online resources. The Center also provides consulting teams to assist startup organizations. Each year the Center also hosts a speaker series featuring our distinguished alumni as well as regional entrepreneurial leaders.

Affiliated Centers

Business Technology Center

The Business Technology Center (BTC) has been active in addressing issues involving the use of technology in business, education, government and public service, through partnerships involving West Chester University, its College of Business and Public Affairs, the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and numerous governmental agencies and private businesses.

Since its inception, this consortium has committed over $40 million in staff, equipment and capital to establish a Center where participants can: access personnel knowledgeable in wide area digital networks and broadband technologies; gain technical experience and knowledge to develop strategic products; acquire information about competing solutions before acquisition; mutually assist each other in solving problems inherent with the implementation of digital networks and broadband technologies; bring customers and staff for training or product demonstrations; perform alpha or beta testing; optimize configurations and environments prior to implementation.

Internet Presentations Group

The Internet Presentations Group (IPG) is a professional web development and graphic design firm whose mission is to offer high quality marketing solutions at an affordable cost. As an affiliated center to The College of Business and Public Affairs at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, IPG has a commitment not only to service and quality, but to education and excellence as well. IPG focuses on educating our clients on the most effective and efficient solutions for their specific needs. IPG works closely with clients from your project's conception to its design and, finally, its implementation.

As one of the oldest continuously operating web design firms in the United States (founded back in 1995), IPG provide you with the experience and knowledge needed to effectively establish your presence on the Web.

The Center for Social and Economic Public Policy

The Center for Social and Economic Policy Research provides quantitative research services, combining superior service with academic expertise. The Center supports local economic development by providing expertise and support in conducting marketing and opinion surveys, evaluation studies and other types of attitudinal research.

Graduate Center

The Graduate Center is a state-of-the-art classroom and conference services facility located within the Greenhill Corporate Park at 1160 McDermott Drive, West Chester, PA.

Continuing Professional Education at West Chester University supports individuals and corporate clients increase their knowledge and broaden horizons. Work with us to create meaningful content for delivery that fits your specifications, budget and timetable off campus at the Graduate Center in West Chester or on-site, at your location.

WEDnetPA (Workforce & Econ. Development)

Essential Skills and Advanced Technology Training contracts are available to qualified in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to the economic-friendly business climate of Pennsylvania. WEDnetPA is offered through the Workforce & Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania and West Chester University is a WEDnetPA Partner who administers the state’s grant for participating companies.

Businesses can benefit from a wide range of training that will put your employees on the path to higher performance. Determine if your company qualifies to participate in WEDnet's Training Grant program and upgrade employee skills to compete in today's business market.