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"James H. Shott Endowed Chair in Business" Established at Bluefield State College

The "James H. Shott Endowed Chair in Business" has been established at Bluefield State College. The endowed chair will provide a lasting memorial to Mr. James H. Shott, former President of the Daily Telegraph Printing Company and one of the area's outstanding business and community leaders.

Establishment of this endowed chair marks the successful completion of a fund-raising program during which $150,000 was raised. The West Virginia Eminent Scholars Endowment Trust Fund Act permits a specific chair to be established when funds from public and private sources reach $150,000, with one dollar of state funds for each four dollars in private funds raised.

"The James H. Shott Endowed Chair in Business significantly augments our Business Division's ability to attract outstanding faculty and recognize excellence in business instruction," BSC President Dr. Robert Moore noted. "The endowed chair will most certainly enhance teaching in Bluefield State College's business degree programs."

The endowed chair recognizes the lifelong effort of Mr. Shott in his promotion of civic and community improvement projects. He oversaw the annual Community Christmas Tree project, which provided holiday gifts and entertainment for underprivileged area children. He also played a primary role in the creation of the Area Development Corporation, a civic project designed to attract new business and industry to Bluefield. He served as a director of the local Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Mercer County Airport Advisory Committee. Mr. Shott's efforts facilitated the establishment of the Mercer County Airport and the North Street Post Office in Bluefield.

Mr. Shott's son, John C. Shott, noted, "My father was a true entrepreneur. He was primarily responsible for starting Bluefield's first radio station (WHIS-AM in 1929), Bluefield's first FM station (WHIS-FM in 1948), Bluefield's first television station (WHIS-TV in 1955) and for bringing natural gas from Princeton to Bluefield in the early 1950's. He would most certainly endorse the purpose of this endowed chair--to encourage excellence in business instruction so that students would be better equipped to find opportunity in our free enterprise system."

The fund-raising effort for the James H. Shott Endowed Chair in Business was coordinated by the BSC Office of Institutional Advancement and Planning.