BSC Alumnus Jack Richardson to Deliver BSC’s 2010 Commencement Address (w/photo)
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(Bluefield)—Jack Richardson, a Bluefield State College alumnus (Class of 1984), will deliver the commencement address at BSC’s 2010 graduation exercises, Saturday, May 15, at the Brushfork Armory. He is Vice President for CONSOL’s Central Appalachia Operations.
Richardson graduated from BSC with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering technology and an associate degree in business management.” His educational preparation in both areas has provided a solid foundation throughout his career.
“When I came out of high school, I wanted a career in mining,” he explained. “Bluefield State was close to home and permitted me to get the degree I wanted. I was also able to supplement my love for business with a degree in business management. That combination has really helped me through the years.”
His career next included a four-year period as general manager for CONSOL’s Central Appalachia operations, which includes four major complexes in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. In 2008, he was named Vice President for the Central Appalachia operations.
“I oversee the Buchanan mine (the largest producer of metallurgical coal in Virginia), Miller Creek (Mingo County, WV) surface and deep mining, the Fola operations (surface and deep mining in central WV), and Jones Fork (Knott County, KY),” he recounted.
“I am fortunate to have worked for the same company now for more than 25 years as well as some of the legendary mine managers our company has produced,” Richardson said. “CONSOL has a vision for safety as a number one priority every day, which I share, and that further enhances the opportunity I have to work side by side with the best managers and the best work force you will find in the coal industry.”
Since 1980, CONSOL has provided scholarship support for BSC’s mining engineering technology program and more than 60 BSC graduates have been hired by the company. “BSC grads are well-prepared,” he explained. “They receive a combination of class instruction, field work, lab work, and interaction with their faculty—they are ready to work when they get here. They have the ability to combine practical understanding with theory.”
Although his schedule is a busy one, Richardson and his wife, Marsha, who taught electrical engineering at BSC for two years, and their two children, Chase and Cara, remain active in their community, volunteering in their church and for various school projects.
Despite his busy schedule, Richardson finds time to maintain contact with his alma mater. “I talk with Frank Hart (Dean/School of Engineering Technology & Computer Science), Roger Owensby (Mining Engineering Technology Department Chair), and Dr. Steve Bourne (Dean/School of Business) from time to time,” he added. “In fact, when Frank travels through this region, he and I usually get together, and Roger has taken his students on tours of our Virginia and Kentucky mines.”
“Bluefield State is a small college with a great reputation because of the quality of the faculty and the students they produce,” he continued. “The students have a strong work ethic and a good track record for success in their chosen fields.”
“We look forward to Mr. Richardson’s message to graduates and their families,” noted Dr. Albert Walker, BSC’s President. “He’s a very talented, positive leader and his willingness to return to his alma mater and share his experience with our students is greatly appreciated.”
More than 350 Bluefield State College students will receive diplomas during the 2010 commencement exercises at the Brushfork Armory.