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WVU Alumni Association receives $50,000 gift from loyal alums

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For the Rotrucks, WVU is a family affair. In response to their deep appreciation for the career launching education they and their three adult children received at West Virginia University, Scott and Carol Rotruck have made a $50,000 gift to support the new mentoring program at the WVU Alumni Association, as well as the Erickson Alumni Center Alumni Center WVU building fund.

Scott and Carol join many other WVU alums in maintaining a strong and supportive connection to their alma mater—in this instance to the WVU Alumni Association whose facility is used by so many from across all WVU academic units, their extended families and graduates of the University.

“It is especially exciting to be supportive of the new mentoring program, which can work in true interdisciplinary fashion on the WVU campuses and across Mountaineer Nation,” Rotruck said. “Mentoring is a highly developed, but yet evolving discipline, which can help ensure a student has a great start and continued support for a lifetime of academic and career success, as well as being civically engaged and ultimately supportive of their alma mater.”

Carol is a retired school guidance counselor and Scott is the current director of Energy and Transportation Services for Spilman, Thomas & Battle PLLC in their Morgantown Office.

As graduates from West Virginia University in the 1970s, the Rotrucks have had the honor of serving the state of West Virginia through several volunteer appointments.

Carol currently serves on the Educational Broadcasting Authority of West Virginia and the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation.

In March, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Scott to the West Virginia Board of Education. He was appointed by three different governors as chair of the WV Council for Community and & Economic Development, The WV Jobs Investment Trust (early stage investing), The WV Tourism Commission and the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.

After working as the first Economic Development Director at WVU in 1999, Scott taught a class in Entrepreneurship at the WVU College of Business & Economics for five years. With the help of some great professor friends who mentored him, he learned so much about the mentoring needs of students and still stays in touch with many of them to this day.

West Virginia University Alumni Association president and CEO, Sean Frisbee says the gift ensures that we keep our graduates top of mind.

“With this generous gift from Scott and Carol, the Alumni Association can continue its mission to provide life-long support of our graduates while serving the interests of the university. This gift will open up a window of opportunities for future programming that benefit our graduates.”

Scott and his wife Carol live in Morgantown and have three children and two grandchildren.

The gift was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University which runs through December 2017. 

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CONTACT: Allyson Cannon 
Director of Communications & Marketing, WVU Alumni Association 
304.293.0974; acannon2@mail.wvu.edu


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