Capehart also announced that Chris Hamilton has agreed to serve as the chairman of the new Institute's Industry Council.
West Liberty University
is a proven leader in academic excellence and community leadership and is strategically situated within the nation's energy reserves and portfolio," said Hamilton
who is a Wheeling native.
Also the senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, Hamilton has spent nearly 40 years in the coal mining industry.
He has been responsible for legislative, regulatory and technical matters affecting the industry and serves as co-chair of the West Virginia Coal Forum, a joint labor-management group designed to foster a dialogue between miners and coal operating personnel, and as co-chair of the Mountaintop Mining Coalition.
The former owner of a safety-training consulting firm, Hamilton served as training director for the West Virginia Department of Mines before joining the WVCA.
He has worked as an underground miner and section foreman and possesses mine foreman certifications from West Virginia and Ohio.
Additional appointments include the West Virginia Board of Coal Mine Health
, the West Virginia Board of Miner Training Education
, the West Virginia Mine Safety and Technical Review Committee
and the West Virginia Diesel Equipment Commission
He earned a master's degree in business from West Virginia University.