Sylvester Myers to Speak Wednesday, April 15

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 23 2009

CONTACT: Anita Moody, Director, Public Relations/Marketing


Sylvester Myers to Speak Wednesday, April 15

Athens, W.Va. –Sylvester Myers, the author of “From Coal Fields to Oil Fields and Beyond--A Life in Pursuit of All I Could Be” will speak Wednesday, April 15 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the State Room in the Jerry Beasley Student Center in Athens. This event is sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The event will begin with a dinner catered by ARAMARK followed by a showing of Myers’s 54-minute DVD based on his novel, “From Coal Fields to Oil Fields and Beyond.” The novel chronicles his life from a small boy in McDowell County to becoming president and CEO of his construction management firm, S.C. Myers & Associates Inc.

Myers started his company in McDowell County in 1988 after retiring from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Now, S.C. Myers & Associates Inc. contracts internationally and is based out of Washington, D.C.

“He never gave up on his dream of education,” Terri Philpott, interim director of Student Support Services, said. “Education provided the groundwork for where he is now. I think students will be motivated and reminded of the value of a good education.”

Philpott, who knew Myers and his family for a number of years, contacted him after becoming interested in his book. Students will be able to benefit from his speech in many ways, she said because his experience and information will be able to help motivate students in their college life.

“Basically, his message is that the only limitations are ones you place on yourself,” she said. “Anyone can make what they want of themselves and he is living proof.”

Those interested in attending are asked to contact Terri Philpott at or 304-384-5282.


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Andrea Meador, a sophomore majoring in public relations wrote this news release. Her hometown is Ghent.