MORGANTOWN, WV — A $1.25 million gift by a Charleston-area couple to the business and law schools at West Virginia University will create a supply chain management program and provide funds for the law school building expansion.
H. Bernard "Bernie" Wehrle III, and his wife, Cecilia, have made a gift of $750,000 to the College of Business and Economics for the creation of a supply chain non-endowed professorship to initiate a supply chain management program, as well as a $500,000 gift to the WVU College of Law building expansion and redesign.
Also, a gift of $250,000 has been donated from the H.B. Wehrle Foundation to support the Supply Chain Non-endowed Professorship at B&E. The foundation principals include Henry B. Wehrle Jr. and his sons and daughters — Bernie Wehrle, Steve Wehrle, Beth Wehrle and Lynne Zande.
Jose ‘Zito' Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics, said the gift would help create even greater opportunities of study for WVU business students.
"With increased globalization, this is a world that is very interconnected," Sartarelli said. "Borders have vanished; companies make their products and move them to where customers are. Supply chain management has become a key enabler to this interconnected world. This is a great opportunity for B&E to add supply chain management to its areas of expertise."
Sartarelli added that the efficient movement of goods through the supply chain to the eventual consumer has evolved due to customer demands.
"There is a real expectation that goods can be available to the consumer in shorter and shorter time cycles," Sartarelli said. "This gift can help B&E develop a curriculum that meets those real world demands and provide much-needed new talent that is highly sought."