Concord College Foundation Supports College Projects

For Immediate Release: 
May 23 2002

Concord College Foundation Supports College Projects

Athens, W.Va. - The Concord College Foundation held its annual meeting on Friday, May 17, 2002, in the College Center State Room.

Concord College President Jerry L. Beasley presented a plan for a capital campaign for Concord College to the Board, and Foundation President Bruce Sparks indicated to the board members that 100 percent participation of board members is essential for the success of the campaign.

In addition, Beasley presented a plan to convert White Hall into a state-of-the-art technology center that will include classrooms and laboratory facilities as well as a business incubator to support economic development in the region. The College already has some funding available for the project and will be asking the state’s Economic Development Grant Committee for the remainder of the funds necessary to pay for the transformation. The Foundation Board unanimously adopted a resolution to the Grant Committee urging funding of the project.

Associate Vice President for Development Loretta Young announced that the Concord College Foundation/Homer Ball Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament will be Friday, June 14, at Pipestem State Park. The Annual Fund Dinner in Charleston will be Thursday, September 19, at Embassy Suites. The speaker will be Jim McGivern, CEO and president of Thames Water Company-RWE. RWE is based in Germany and owns 75 percent of Consol Energy, which is located in the U.S., as well as Turner Construction. The company is acquiring North American Water Works as well as West Virginia-American Water Company. The Annual Fund Dinner at The Greenbrier will be Saturday, November 23, and the speaker has not been determined.

Foundation Secretary J. Douglas Machesney, who also serves as vice president for development for Concord will be retiring in June.

Dr. Machesney, a West Virginia native with extensive experience in education and management planning, began December 1986, in the newly created cabinet position. He received his Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from WVU in 1971. Foundation Board President Bruce Sparks presented a chair to the outgoing vice president, thanking him for his years of service to the College.

Board member Joe Friedl commented: "I hate to see the ‘dynamic duo’ of Dr. Beasley and Dr. Machesney break up. They have served the College well the past 15 years."

The College’s endowment has grown to the current $18 million from $250,000 in 1987. Machesney served under Dr. Beasley during his stay at the College.

Foundation trustees who were approved include: Sonja Carter, Bluefield, VA; Dan Green, Chapin, SC; Dr. Walter Klingensmith, Beckley, WV; Arnold Lively, Princeton, WV; Herb McClaugherty, Princeton, WV; Lloyd Moye, Princeton, WV, and Robert Cierzniewski, Bay City, MI.

Foundation trustees serve for one year.

The Foundation Board of Directors include: Bill Anderson, Princeton, WV; David Barnette, Charleston, WV; Tom Giffen, Bluefield, VA; Bart Harvey, Bluefield, WV; Sally Jefferds, Charleston, WV; John Mendez, Princeton, WV; Jim Miller, Princeton, WV; Stan Smith, Jr., Richmond, VA; Jim Connolly, Princeton, WV; Harry Finkelman, Princeton, WV; Charles Pace, Princeton, WV; Ron Satterfield, Bluefield, WV; Dr. Roland Sharp, Marlinton, WV; Jack Stafford, Princeton, WV; David Taylor, Charlotte, NC; Glenn Hill, Lerona, WV; John Jessee, Roanoke, VA; Doug Maddy, Charleston, WV; Curtis McCall, Beckley, WV; Andy Paterno, South Charleston, WV; Dewey Russell, Princeton, WV; Dr. Joseph Marsh, Athens, WV; Forrest Roles, Charleston, WV; Bruce Sparks, Morgantown, WV; J. Douglas Machesney, Athens, WV; Bill McKee, Charleston, WV, and Joe Friedl, Vienna, VA.

Foundation directors serve four years.

Foundation officers are Bruce Sparks, Chairman; John Jessee, Vice Chairman; Glenn Hill, Treasurer and Harry Finkelman, Assistant Treasurer. The position of secretary will be filled by the new vice president for development.