Leadership academy starts today

The first session of the Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy will begin today, July 9, and run through July 10 in conjunction with IOGA’s sixth Annual West Virginia Oil & Gas Equipment Show, which will take place July 10-11. The academy is to honor the memory of one of its pioneer members and industry leaders, Thomas B. Dunn. He was a longtime Buckhannon resident, local businessman, a 1964 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and a former trustee of the college.

The event will be held on West Virginia Wesleyan College’s campus in Buckhannon.

The academy is focused on junior or senior high school students. Thirty-seven participants will attend an “Energy Career Day,” where they will learn about employment opportunities in the energy sector ranging from engineering and geology, to welding, truck driving and accounting. Students will have the opportunity to observe in the field much of what they were shown in the classroom.

On the final day, IOGA’s sixth Annual West Virginia Oil & Gas Equipment Show will be in full swing. Students will have the opportunity to take in the entire show, visit all the exhibits and interact with industry employees, including the exhibitors and industry personnel that visit the show, to see new innovations in oilfield equipment and services.

Dunn was a past President of IOGA, a recipient of IOGAWV’s “Gunslinger” Award, and was West Virginia’s Oil and Gas Man of the Year in 1982. He was actively involved in IOGA for more than 45 years. His leadership in the early 1970s had a profound impact on the growth and development of the association. He was also an active member in oil and gas associations in several other Appalachian Basin states, and on the national level with the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Please call 304-473-8111 for further information.