Don Hoylman attributes the success of his three children to the education and opportunities they received as students at West Virginia University. He also credits WVU with being a positive driver for his vision and success in creating and growing his businesses.
The Harrison County native and longtime Marion
County resident, who has enjoyed a very successful career in the mining, gas
and oil business, is now giving back to WVU with a transformational leadership donation
through his trust. The amount of the gift is not being made public at this time
at the donor’s request. The substantial gift will be split evenly between the College of Business and Economics and the WVU Cancer Institute.
Avid supporters of WVU, Hoylman and his late wife,
Marcella, did not attend or graduate from the University. But combined, their
three children have five degrees from WVU. Son Steven earned a bachelor’s degree in
accounting; son Rod graduated with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in
business administration; and daughter, Donna Hoylman Peduto, earned both her
bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Human Resources and
Education, now the College of Education and
“I was fortunate throughout my career that my
businesses were able to grow and serve our state through entrepreneurism and
innovation,” Hoylman said. “It is my wish that our family’s contribution be
nontraditional in that it enables the College of Business and Economics to
provide the mentorship, education, resources and support to students in
innovation, entrepreneurship and business start-ups. It is also this spirit of
discovery, along with my own personal experience with cancer, that reflects our
contribution to the WVU Cancer Institute. Our shared goal is to provide support
for the creation of transformational advances and new treatments.”
He added, "Marcella and I have always taken
tremendous personal pride in the achievements of West Virginia University, as
well as the outstanding education our three children were blessed with here. Our
family continues to be impressed with the current leadership and amazing
strides that have been taken to lead our state and nation in so many important
The start of Hoylman’s successful business career
dates back more than 65 years to 1951 when he began working with his wife at
Industrial Engineering and Construction Company in Fairmont. Twelve years
later, he became owner and president of Industrial Resources, developing the
company into a major corporation in the design-building of coal preparation
plants and the manufacture of products for the mining industry, serving U.S.
and international markets. Hoylman has owned and operated numerous businesses
over the years, including the Salem Mineral Processing Group, Victory of West
Virginia Inc., and DonMar Enterprises, Inc.
"This generous gift reflects what it means to
be part of the Mountaineer family," WVU
President Gordon Gee said. "While not an alumnus, Don Hoylman
recognizes the role West Virginia University has played in the success and
advancement of his children, as well as his home state. This gift will now
enable others to benefit from this University's mission of bringing education,
healthcare and prosperity to all."
Half of the gift will go to the College of
Business and Economics to help fund several initiatives.
“Don and Marcella Hoylman have embraced the goals,
mission and direction of B&E, and they are confident of the impact their
gift will have for WVU, West Virginia and beyond,” said Javier
Reyes, Milan Puskar Dean of the WVU College of Business and Economics. “Their
generous gift will support our new College of Business and Economics complex,
provide advanced learning opportunities for our students through the creation
of a venture capital course, and continue to fund support for startups and
innovation in the college.”
The remaining funds will support the ongoing
mission of the WVU Cancer Institute.
“We are very grateful that the Hoylman family is
investing in the WVU Cancer Institute with a gift directed to spur innovation,”
said Dr. Richard Goldberg,
institute director. “The purpose of
their gift reflects the givers in that the Hoylman family has innovation
integrated into its DNA and that has contributed so much to their community
while, at the same time, enabling them to make this donation.”
Goldberg added, “Like them, we want to anticipate
where cancer discovery is going, and their generosity will enable our
investigators to lead the way for cancer research and deliver better outcomes
to cancer patients in West Virginia.”
Over the years, the Hoylmans created several
scholarships at WVU to benefit students studying business, entrepreneurship and
education as well as undergraduate student athletes.
In 2013, Hoylman was named Most
Loyal West Virginian during Mountaineer
Week at WVU for his faithfulness to the ideals and goals of state through
business, professional and civic achievement as well as support for the
University. In 2010, he was inducted
into the West
Virginia Business Hall of Fame.
Hoylman and members of his family will be
recognized Tuesday (Feb. 27) during President Gee’s State of the University
Address scheduled for 3 p.m. at Erickson Alumni Center.
The gift was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s
CONTACT: Bill Nevin, WVU