The Order of Vandalia has been presented annually since 1961 to honor the most loyal servants of the university.
This year’s honorees are:
- Barbara C. Bean, an alumna of the College of Creative Arts.
- Dr. Kenneth L. Carvell, longtime faculty member in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.
- Patricia C. Johnston, graduate of the School of Pharmacy.
- Douglas R. Van Scoy is an alumnus of the College of Business and Economics.
- Bernard G. Westfall, alumnus of the College of Business and Economics and adjunct professor at various departments of WVU.
Beyond their time at the University, each honoree has shown boundless support by serving various roles and/or providing financial support.
Barbara C. Bean
Barbara C. Bean graduated from WVU with a bachelor’s degree in music education in 1963 followed by a master’s in music education in 1966.
Bean had a long and distinguished career as music teacher in the Harrison County schools. In addition, she was actively involved with her community. Past posts include music director of the Bridgeport Presbyterian Church, chair of the board of directors for Pricketts Fort Memorial and vice president of the WVU Alumni Association.
She was also a member of the WVU College of Creative Arts Pittsburgh Symphony Partnership Committee and a member of the board of directors for the Clarksburg-Harrison Cultural Foundation, the Harrison County YMCA and the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council.
Bean also found time to volunteer at the WVU Children’s Hospital.
She is currently chair of the WVU College of Creative Arts visiting committee, sits on the board of directors for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and serves on the foundation board of trustees for the Bridgeport Public Library.
She is married to Ralph Bean Jr., has four children and three grandchildren and resides in Bridgeport.
Dr. Kenneth L. Carvell
Dr. Kenneth L. Carvell was born in North Andover, Massachusetts, the third child of the Rev. Clinton and Helen S. Carvell. He attended local public schools and graduated from the local high school as valedictorian.
He was drafted immediately after high school for service in World War II and served in the infantry in Europe. He received the Bronze Star Medal for bravery.
Carvell enrolled at Harvard University in 1946 and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in botany. He then enrolled for a master of forestry degree at Yale, and, on completion, received a research assistantship at the Duke University Division of Forestry. He received his doctorate in 1953. That July, he joined the forestry faculty at WVU as assistant professor of forest ecology, teaching courses in silviculture, forest ecology and aerial photography.
One of his particular interests was the safe and effective use of woody plant herbicides to improve the growth and quality of hardwood forests. He developed a course in this area to train workers in this field. For a long while, WVU was the only university doing work of this type and the course resulted in WVU graduates being in great demand by electric companies for control of vegetation beneath electric power lines.
Carvell was in charge of the WVU Forest and other tracts of land controlled by the University for many years. He was also a key to establishing the West Virginia Vegetation Management Association, the purpose of which was to keep herbicide workers up-to-date on safe, legal, and effective methods of vegetation control. This group is still active in West Virginia today.
Also during his bright career, he submitted popular articles to the state conservation magazine, Wonderful West Virginia. Topics included descriptions of the interesting forest types within the state and the rich heritage of its forest resources. Since 1973, he has published more than 90 articles in this magazine.
Carvell retired from WVU in 1988 but has remained a popular speaker on a variety of topics. He has regularly returned to the classroom on demand to teach summer courses and give special lectures.
Patricia C. Johnston
Patricia C. Johnston is a 1977 graduate of the WVU School of Pharmacy. She is the owner of Colony Drug & Wellness Center in Beckley, where she has served as an active and dedicated preceptor for pharmacy students through most of her career.
She has been recognized twice by the School as Preceptor of the Year and as National Preceptor of the Year by the National Community Pharmacists Association.
She is proud to be both the daughter and the mother of WVU School of Pharmacy graduates.
Patty has served on the WVU School of Pharmacy Visiting Committee for more than 10 years, as president of the School of Pharmacy Alumni Association, president of the West Virginia Pharmacists Association, and has contributed to her state and alma mater in numerous other ways.
First and foremost, Patty is proud to be a West Virginian and a Mountaineer.
Douglas R. Van Scoy
Douglas R. Van Scoy and his wife, Pam, are 1961 graduates of Bridgeport High School.
After receiving both a bachelor of science and master of science degree from WVU and completing a stint in the U.S. Army, Van Scoy began his investment career with Blyth, Eastman, Dillon in 1969.
In 1974, he went to work for the investment firm of Smith Barney and stayed until his retirement in 2001. During that period, he held various positions and ended his career as deputy director and senior executive vice president of Smith Barney. In that position, Van Scoy was on the management committee and part of the team responsible for managing the Private Client Group, with revenues of $7 billion, 500 branch offices, and 12,000 financial consultants.
He served on the board of Robinson Humphrey and earned the leadership award from the Georgia Securities Association in 1994.
Doug is currently founder and partner of Pit Partners, a hospitality business in South Carolina that owns and operates several restaurants. He also is a partner in three Morgantown restaurants.
Outside of his career, Doug has served as a trustee and chairman of the Galloway Scholl in Atlanta, Georgia, a trustee of the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, and is currently on the board of directors of Sterling Asset Management.
Additionally, he has served as a board member and chairman of the WVU Alumni Association and currently serves on the WVU Foundation Board.
In 2012, the couple gave the first major gift during the public phase of the WVU Foundation’s A State of Minds comprehensive campaign with $1.5 million to the College of Business and Economics. Van Scoy is the college’s national chairman for the fundraising effort and a member of the national campaign committee.
He is member of the Bridgeport High Hall of Fame, West Virginia Business Hall of Fame and a member of the College’s Roll of Distinguished Alumni. He received WVU’s Most Loyal Alumni award in 2012 and the WVU Foundation’s Outstanding Volunteer Philanthropist in 2013.
Bernard G. Westfall
Bernard G. Westfall graduated from Spencer High School, in Spencer, and went on to graduate from WVU with two degrees – a bachelor of science in 1963 and a master of business administration in 1972.
He began his career as a science teacher in the Monongalia County schools. He then worked as an associate director of purchasing and a data processing manager at WVU before beginning his long and distinguished service to WVU Hospitals Inc. Westfall held the titles of associate administrator for finance and systems, executive vice president, and president and CEO. One of his shining achievements during this time was overseeing the financing and construction of Ruby Memorial Hospital.
When West Virginia United Health System Inc. was formed in 1996, Westfall was named president and CEO – a position he held until 2002. Today, WVUHS is the largest health system in West Virginia.
Westfall is currently a senior consultant with Yaffe & Co., a health care consulting firm specializing in executive compensation, retirement and pension management, governance, and medical staff relations. He works with hospital boards on governance issues, physician organizations, and executive succession.
He is a member of numerous professional organizations and boards that have included chairman of the board of trustees for the West Virginia Hospital Association, chairman of the trustees for the Community United Methodist Church, director of United Bank of West Virginia and Centra Bank in Morgantown and director of the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce among many other appointments and memberships.
In addition to a number of professional presentations, he has served as an adjunct professor and instructor in WVU’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center and Harvard University. His work has been published in Hospital Purchasing Management, Clinical Research, Hospital Pharmacy, and Trustee Magazine.
Westfall and his wife, Marion, reside in Morgantown.
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