Meet the Dean – Dr. Richard Harvey

Friday, March 04, 2011

Richard Harvey was named Dean of the School of Business in 2008.  Dean Harvey was initially hired by Fairmont State College in 1986 to start a Small Business Development Center.  He joined the faculty in 1988 and is a Professor of Finance and Business Law.  He holds multiple degrees from West Virginia University including an M.B.A. and a J.D which he completed while teaching.  A member of the West Virginia State Bar Association, Harvey practiced law in the areas of elder law and commercial law.  While a faculty member he regularly provided seminars to business owner/managers on financial management and legal issues including business organization, feasibility studies, capital formation, strategic business planning, intellectual property, and financial proposals.

Dean Harvey previously served Fairmont State as the Coordinator of the Finance and Business Law department, the Administrative Intern in the Academic Affairs office, and Interim Dean of the School of Business.  He became the founding Dean of Graduate Studies at Fairmont State University in 2005.  Dean Harvey has devoted a great deal of time and effort to the effective integration of technology into the teaching, learning, assessment, and administrative environment.

“My vision for the School of Business,” says Dean Harvey, “is to provide rigorous and relevant programs that are intellectually grounded, innovative, integrative, technologically advanced and global in perspective; prepare students for successful leadership roles; collaborate with stakeholders to align our teaching, scholarship, and service with the needs of the community; and serve as a primary source for creating and applying business knowledge to promote regional economic development.”

A native West Virginian, he enjoys many of the recreational activities available in the state including mountain biking and skiing.  He and his wife, Beth Ann, live in Morgantown with their two children Cearah and Isaiah.

Dean Harvey can be reached via e-mail at