The West Virginia University College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is hosting Michael J. Quillen, chairman and chief executive officer of Alpha Natural Resources, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

The lecture is part of the WVU Department of Mining Engineerings William N. Poundstone Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public.

Quillens presentation,Fast Company: Sustaining a Business Model in the Rapidly Changing World of Coal Mining,will be in Room 113 of the Mineral Resources Building on the Evansdale Campus.

Those attending are invited to a dinner following the lecture. RSVP by Saturday (Nov. 3) to Karla Vaughan at karla.vaughan@mail.wvu.edu .

Quillen, a registered professional engineer, received both his bachelors and masters degrees in engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He has more than 35 years of experience in the coal industry.

Quillen served as executive vice president of operations of American Metals and Coal International from 1998-2002.

He was named president of ANR Holdings, a predecessor of Alpha Natural Resources, in 2002 and became chief executive officer in 2003.

In addition, he has served in executive positions at coal companies, including Pittston Coal, NERCO Coal and AMVEST Corp.

The WVU Department of Mining Engineering established the William N. Poundstone Lecture Series in 2000 to honor Poundstone, a distinguished alumnus of the department, and to bring mining industry experts to campus to share their expertise with students and faculty.