Arria Hines, CEO of Allegheny Science & Technology (AST) was inducted into the West Virginia University (WVUJohn Chambers College of Business and Economics Roll of Distinguished Alumni 2023 class. This awards program recognizes people with strong West Virginia ties who have made a significant impact on the business landscape.

Arria earned her undergraduate degree at West Virginia Wesleyan College and went on to receive her MBA from WVU. From there, she cofounded AST in 2009 and over the course of ten years, she turned it into one of America’s fast-growing privately held companies. As an entrepreneur, successful businesswoman, advisor and mentor, Arria is a recognized leader in West Virginia and in all the places where AST operates.

“It truly is an honor to be nominated alongside such a dynamic group of business leaders,” said Ms. Hines. “This small-town girl from Horner, WV had big dreams and by achieving this award allows me to share my story that anything is possible. It hasn’t always been easy, but I was always able to find my way. I am a firm believer that it takes a village – I am endlessly grateful to my family, friends, Team AST and the Chambers College for being a part of my story. Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer.”