EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCharleston Couple Donates $1.25 Million To WVU
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Reported: Aug. 14, 2013 11:02 AM EDT
Morgantown, Monongalia County , West Virginia
A Charleston couple is donating $1.25 million to help expand the law school at West Virginia University and to create a new program at the business school.
WVU said Wednesday the gift from H. Bernard and Cecilia Wehrle will create a professorship that will start a supply-chain management program. A foundation run by their four children has kicked in another $250,000.
This marks the second major recent gift from the Charleston couple to a university. In July, University of Charleston officials announced the Wehrles had contributed about $1.5 million toward a proposed sports and fitness center at the school.
Bernie Wehrle was CEO of McJunkin Corp. from 1987 through 2006. He then became CEO of MRC Global, where he's now a director.
Business school Dean Zito Sartarelli says it's important that WVU create a curriculum in supply-chain management because of the increasing globalization of markets.
He said the efficient movement of goods through the supply chain to the consumer has evolved, along with customer expectations.
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