Funds Raised for Concord at Charleston Dinner
Athens, W.Va. - More than 200 friends of Concord University gathered for the annual Fund for Concord University Dinner at the Embassy Suites in Charleston on October 10, 2006. The Concord University Foundation, Inc., raised nearly $90,000, and featured a keynote address from Michael G. Morris, chairman, president, and CEO of American Electric Power (AEP).
The dinner began with welcoming remarks from David Kirby, chair of the Charleston Fund Dinner Planning Committee. Committee member, Philip Moye, provided the invocation, and Concord University President, Dr. Jerry Beasley, welcomed guests on behalf of the University. Dr. Beasley also recognized and introduced special alumna speaker, Christy Elliott.
“Concord offered a scholarship that made my dream of attending a University a reality. Concord offered many opportunities to be involved in organizations…. Concord also provided study abroad opportunities. Overseas studies helped to expand the learning experience beyond the classroom. Because of this wide range of opportunities, I was able to participate in many student associations and travels that met my particular interests,” Elliott remarked.
Ms. Elliott stated that one of her fondest memories at Concord was attending the Charleston dinner as a student representative during her senior year. At that special event Christy was introduced to the chairman, CEO, and president of BB&T Bank, which opened the window of opportunity for her subsequent employment with BB&T after her graduation from Concord.
Mr. Mark Dempsey, vice president of external affairs for Appalachian Power Company (a subsidiary of AEP), introduced the evening’s keynote speaker, Mr. Michael Morris.
“Concord, what an incredibly informative and exciting place!” Michael Morris exclaimed as he began his remarks. Additionally, he stated he enjoyed visiting the campus recently while speaking to a gathering of the Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.
Morris shared how the nation’s demand on electricity continues to grow, but power plants to handle that load have not been increasing as fast as the demand.
“We are blessed in this country with a huge coal resource base, and I don’t need to tell West Virginians, wherever you are from within the state, how fortunate you are and how fortunate we are to have that coal base,” Morris explained.
Morris also stated that there is a need to find clean ways to burn coal and not contribute to global warming. Mr. Morris said that there is new technology on the horizon, which will address this issue: integrated gas combined cycle, technology in which coal is gasified and cleaned of pollutants. American Electric Power, he said, has been the first in many initiatives of this kind. He also talked about other new initiatives that the company is developing that will help the utilities business and the State of West Virginia.
The event closed with a presentation of gifts to Michael Morris and others, and closing remarks from David Kirby.
The Charleston Fund Dinner Planning Committee members are: David Barnette, Sandi Davidson, Christy Elliott, Lou Ann Johnson, David Kirby, David Langford, William H. “Bill” McKee Jr., Betty Jo Moore, Philip Moye, Sharon Murphy, Andre Nabors, Daniel Palausky, Andrew Paterno, Forrest Roles, Sue Sergi, and Loretta Young.
PHOTO: Christy Elliott
PHOTO: Michael Morris
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Jesse Call, a senior majoring in political science and history, wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.