Dr. Javier A. Reyes

Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University

Dr. Javier A. Reyes is the Milan Puskar Dean of the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. He has served in that capacity since July 2016.

Reyes oversees a college of more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, 104 faculty and 55 staff. The business school offers 10 undergraduate majors and 10 graduate programs.

Prior to WVU, he served in simultaneous roles at the University of Arkansas: vice provost for distance education, associate dean for undergraduate studies and executive education at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, and as a full economics professor. He served at the University of Arkansas since 2003 in a number of administrative roles, including as director of the Walton College’s honors program.

An expert in global economic matters, Reyes is an award-winning educator, an innovative leader in learning technologies, and an experienced relationship builder between industry and academics. The University of Arkansas awarded him the Faculty Gold Medal Award for excellence in supporting undergraduate students and their research in 2008, the All-Around Faculty Member in the Walton College of Business for excellence in research, teaching and service among all his peers, and induction into the Teaching Academy of the University of Arkansas in 2012.

Reyes managed the successful expansion of undergraduate enrollment at the Walton College, growing the program by more than 2,000 students. As an award-winning educator and innovative leader in learning technologies, he strategized and completed the development of new online programs in six different academic colleges. He is also an accomplished researcher and has published articles in leading economics and business journals.

He has experience in investment banking and has been a visiting scholar at several international institutions. Reyes has served as grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and as an invited academic scholar for the International Monetary Fund. He serves on the inaugural TIAA National Hispanic Advisory Council and the national board of directors for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

Reyes earned a Ph.D. in economics at Texas A&M University. He lives in Morgantown with his wife and their two sons.