Three West Virginia University alumnithe administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and two nationally known executiveswill be honored at the WVU Alumni Associations Thirteenth Annual Academy of Distinguished Alumni Induction Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at Erickson Alumni Center.
W. Robert Grafton , managing partner/chief executive of Andersen Worldwide SC, received his bachelors degree in accounting from WVU in 1963. Andersen Worldwide is the largest professional services firm in the United States and the second largest worldwide. It consists of Arthur Andersen, a”big five”accounting firm and Andersen Consulting, the largest consulting firm in the world.
Grafton began his career with Arthur Andersen in 1963; 10 years later, he was admitted to the partnership. He served in a variety of positions before assuming his current role in 1997.
A former trustee of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, Grafton has also served on the Business School Advisory Board of Towson State University and the Executive Council for James Madison University College of Business. He recently returned to WVU as a distinguished lecturer in the College of Business and Economics.
A Moorefield native, Grafton resides in Potomac, Md., with his wife Patriciaalso a 1963 WVU graduateand their two daughters, Carmen and Katherine.
Greenbrier County native Alfred F. Ware is chairman of the board and managing director of Amherst International, Inc., a corporation he founded in 1977. Amherst manufactures and markets fiber optics, opto-electronics and allied laser products for telecommunications companies, cable companies and industries using optical fibers.
After serving in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, Ware received his bachelors degree in physical education from WVU in 1950 and his masters degree in speech communication in 1952. He served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Signal Corps during the Korean War.
Ware spent most of his career in international trading, finance, manufacturing and operational management. His previous positions included acting as founder and CEO of Mitsubishi-Burlington Ltd. In Tokyo.
Both Ware and his wife, Dolores, serve on the WVU Physical Education Visiting Committee. They have two son, Brent and Scot, both Amherst executives.
Kenneth R. Wykle took office in 1997 as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, which works with states and communities to build and maintain Americas road
and bridges and ensure a strong transportation system, along with providing access to public lands.
A native of Ronceverte, Wykle earned his bachelors degree in agriculture education at WVU in 1963 and completed ROTC training, becoming a Second Lieutenant in field artillery. He also earned a masters degree in psychology from Ball State University and graduated from the U.S. Army War College. He went on to serve his country as a distinguished military leader and to retire in 1995 as a lieutenant general and deputy commander-in-chief of the U.S. Transportation Command.
Wykle has participated in the National Security Management Program at Harvard University and served on the advisory council of the Center for Transportation Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He returned to WVU as a visiting lecturer for the Army ROTC program.
Wykles wife Mary is a fellow WVU graduate. They live in Burke, Va., with their three children, K. Scott (a 1991 WVU graduate), John Paul and Carson.
The Academy of Distinguished Alumni honors WVU graduates who have attained national or international distinction in their profession or discipline. The award was established by the WVU Alumni Association in cooperation with the Universitys 13 colleges and schools.