In 2000 through a charitable gift, the retired CONSOL executive established the Poundstone Lecture Series and Distinguished Engineer of Mines Award, which brings individuals who had an exceptional career in mining and related industries to campus each fall to share their experiences with students and faculty.
His most recent gift will ensure his legacy continues.
Through the creation of an annuity trust, Poundstone has created the William N. Poundstone Professorship in Mining Engineering at WVU. Funds from this endowment will provide a range of support to the recipient for research, teaching and service.
“I chose to use the gift to create a professorship because I believe that having the best qualified teachers is the most important part of a strong university,” said Poundstone. “West Virginia University did a good job of preparing me to work in the coal industry and I want to see it maintain and perhaps improve its ability to train engineers for the mining industry.”
“This generous gift from Mr. Poundstone reflects his interest in supporting mining engineering education at WVU for decades to come,” said Christopher Bise, Robert E. Murray Chairman of Mining Engineering at WVU.
After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from WVU in 1949, Poundstone began a more than 30-year career with CONSOL, where he started as a timberman and rose through the ranks to executive vice president. When he retired in 1982, he was responsible for the company’s service functions, including engineering, exploration, land and environmental service, long-range planning, mining research and the design and building of all new mine functions. He is the holder of 34 U.S. patents and has authored numerous technical publications.
Poundstone received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including induction into the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame, membership in the National Academy of Engineering and 1991 College of Mineral and Energy Resources Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. He received an honorary degree from WVU in 1981.
The gifts were made in conjunction with “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.” The $750-million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.
For more information on “A State of Minds” visit http://www.astateofminds.com/.
CONTACT: Mary C. Dillon, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
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