A couple who has provided distinguished leadership to the state and University, a successful engineer, a service-oriented faculty member and a dedicated athletics employee are being honored as Most Loyals during the 69th annual Mountaineer Week, a celebration of Appalachian Heritage, Oct. 28-Nov. 6, on West Virginia University’s campus.
The 2016 honorees are Bill and Patty Bright, Most Loyal West Virginians; Dianne Anderson, Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer; Dr. Kristi Wood-Turner, Most Loyal Faculty/Professional Staff Mountaineer; and Jimmy Ford, Most Loyal Classified Staff Mountaineer. The group will be honored during halftime ceremonies of Saturday’s (Nov. 5) WVU-Kansas football game.
The award recipients are selected by a joint committee representing the WVU Foundation, WVU Alumni Association and the Mountaineer Week organizing committee.
The Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer exemplifies faithfulness to the ideas and goals of the University and exhibits support for WVU activities and operations through leadership and service.
Dianne Anderson currently serves on the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors and as chair of the advisory committee for WVU’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.
Anderson retired from her position as executive director of the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University last year. She served in this position for six years. Previously, Anderson served as president of U.S. West of Rockies Fuels for BP. She has 25 years of experience as a BP executive.
Anderson brought clean fuels to market with the enactment of the Clean Air Act and managed the United States and Canada natural gas and electric-power government regulatory affairs team for BP.
She graduated magna cum laude in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from WVU and completed senior-executive development programs at Harvard, Cambridge University and Northwestern University. She was a visiting faculty member in Stanford University’s program on Customer Focused Innovation.
Dianne and her husband, Jim, a graduate of the WVU School of Dentistry, have endowed several scholarships at WVU, including The Dianne Dubetz Anderson Scholarship for undergraduate students engaged in energy research. They reside in Cleveland, Ohio.
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