Feola to Share Antarctica Experiences

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Raytheon executive Sam Feola, a graduate of both West Virginia Wesleyan College and Buckhannon-Upshur High School, will share his experiences in Antarctica at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. in Room 216 in the Christopher Hall of Science at Wesleyan on October 19.  The lectures are open to the general public.

Feola is currently director I project management /planning operations in the business development infrastructure domain of Raytheon Technical Services Company, LLC.  For the past six years, he was the program director of Raytheon Polar Services, supporting the National Science Foundation’s U.S. Antarctic program.  Polar Services provided operations, construction, and facilities maintenance and science support at three stations, and abroad two research vessels in Antarctica.  Feola managed 400 full-time staff and over 2,000 seasonal contract employees each year, coordinating offices on five continents to manage the requirements of a 12-year contract valued at over $1.9 billion.

During his tenure, the new South Pole Station was constructed at the end of a 10,000 mile long logistics chain, within budget, and on-time in the world’s coldest, harshest, and most remote environment on earth.

Feola’s previous program management experience included president of a joint American-Canadian company based in Ottawa, Canada, providing base construction, operations, and maintenance support

to the Canadian Defense Forces serving overseas in Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Previous management experience included business systems manager for DISH Network in Denver, CO, director of logistics for the U.S. Antarctic Support Associates in Denver, where he played a key role in transitioning the Antarctic program from predominately military support to civilian support, Project Site Management in Orange, CA, Project Site Management in Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey, and Special Project Manager on a Department of Energy contract in Hawaii and the Marshall Islands.

Feola received a bachelor of science in business administration from Wesleyan and graduated from the Naval Aviation Schools command as an officer receiving a designation as a naval aviator.  He was a combat pilot in Vietnam for 11 years.

“We are delighted that Sam is returning to campus to share his expertise and experiences with area residents and Wesleyan students,” stated Wesleyan President Dr. Pamela Balch ’71.  “He is truly one of the College’s most distinguished alumni.”

For more information about Feola’s lecture, contact the Wesleyan Alumni Office at 304-473-8509.