IOGA Makes Generous Contribution to Wesleyan

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGA) made another generous donation to West Virginia Wesleyan College. This $10,000 contribution will establish the IOGA School of Business Lounge.

IOGA President and Wesleyan alumnus Dennis Xander ’75, IOGA Director Don Nestor, and IOGA Past President John Haskins ’76 presented the contribution to Wesleyan’s Vice President for Finance Barry Pritts and Vice President for Academic Affairs Larry Parsons, and student Morganne Bennett, in the President’s Office in the Lynch-Raine Administration Building Tuesday, January 29.

“We are grateful to IOGA and its members for continuing to support Wesleyan and the new School of Business lounge,” Dr. Parsons said. “From IOGA’s donations, Wesleyan’s business students and faculty have a space for group projects and informal meetings. IOGA has certainly been an exceptional friend and partner to Wesleyan.”

L to R: Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Larry Parsons, IOGA Director Don Nestor, IOGA President Dennis Xander ’75, student Morganne Bennett, IOGA Past President John Haskins ’76, and Vice President for Finance Barry Pritts

With the current $10,000 donation, the total giving is $37,182. IOGA has contributed $27,182 to the Reemsnyder Research Center in the past three years. IOGA’s support of Wesleyan goes beyond the sciences, as they have also contributed $5,000 to the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.

“IOGA is proud to represent an industry with a long history of generous financial support to communities throughout West Virginia,” Xander said. “When the industry is successful, it always shares that success. We hope to be supporting Wesleyan for decades to come.”

IOGA is West Virginia’s largest oil and gas association with approximately 700 company members. The organization works to promote the state’s oil and gas industry and educate the public about economic benefits, environmental and safety issues associated with its operations.

The first session of the Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy will take place July 9-10 in conjunction with IOGA’s sixth Annual West Virginia Oil & Gas Equipment Show held July 10-11. The academy is to honor the memory of one of its pioneer members and industry leaders Thomas B. Dunn. He was a long-time Buckhannon resident and local businessman, a 1964 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, and a former trustee of the college.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the lounge will occur later this semester.