New Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick Visits Emory & Henry College School of Business

Posted by Tyler Segraves
Emory & Henry College hosted Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Caren Merrick, as part of a tour of Southwest Virginia on May 9, 2022 that included the Emory & Henry College School of Business.

Secretary Merrick was also joined by Jason El Koubi, President & CEO, Virginia Economic Development Authority; Delegate Israel O’Quinn ’02; Will Payne, Managing Partner, InvestSWVA; and Will Clear ’92, Deputy Director for Virginia Department of Energy.

Secretary Merrick, Delegate O’Quinn, Payne and Clear met Emory & Henry College’s Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Emmett Tracy, and Director of Government Relations, Allison Mays at the van Vlissingen Center for Career & Professional Development.

Tracy and Mays spoke about the College’s focus on ensuring that students are adequately prepared through the van Vlissingen Center for Career & Professional Development to be “Career & Life Ready,” transforming their college experience into a fulfilling and successful life, making connections between the academic curriculum, co-curricular leadership activities, experiential education and the world of work.

Tracy and Mays also discussed the role of the School of Business in developing future entrepreneurs by fostering growth, collaboration, and innovation, ultimately resulting in a vision for their future that includes a strong sense of purpose, leadership responsibility, civic engagement and professional confidence.

Delegate Israel O’Quinn, Emory & Henry College Class of 2002 and a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, commented on the School’s role in economic development in Southwest Virginia. “The Emory & Henry College School of Business is committed to preparing students for a rapidly-changing workforce. Secretary Merrick and Virginia leaders can rely on the college to be a key partner going forward.”

Learn more about Emory & Henry College’s School of Business at https://www.ehc.edu/academics/school-business/

  • Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Caren Merrick, Deputy Secretary Chelsea Jenkins, SOCT, Wyatt Toehlke, Policy Analyst, SOCT, Jason El Koubi, President & CEO, VEDP, Christy Morton, VP of External Affairs, VEDP, Lindsay Barker, Senior Manager of External Affairs, VEDP, Delegate Israel O’Quinn, Will Payne, InvestSWVA, Will Clear, Deputy Director for Virginia Department of Energy, Jake Holmes, Del. O’Quinn, Farahn Morgan, Del. Kilgore
“The Emory & Henry College School of Business is committed to preparing students for a rapidly-changing workforce. Secretary Merrick and Virginia leaders can rely on the college to be a key partner going forward,” said Delegate O’Quinn

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