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WVU Tech honors 2016 Alumni of the Year awardees

2016 Alumni of the Year awardees

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, WVU Tech recognized the newest members of the distinguished group of Alumni of the Year recipients at a banquet at the Charleston Marriott.

The 2016 awardees were David F. Meadows, ‘74, from the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences and Deborah Hill, ‘86 and ‘87, from the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences.

David F. Meadows, ‘74, addresses a crowd at the 2016 Alumni of the Year Awards Banquet.David F. Meadows, '74, addresses a crowd at the 2016 Alumni of the Year Awards Banquet.

Meadows, of Culloden, West Virginia, received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tech in 1974. He holds master’s degrees in engineering from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Meadows is the Chief Technical Officer and Southwest Regional Manager for Triad Engineering, Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible for the technical expertise, quality and risk management of Triad’s services as well as day-to-day operations of the region. He is a member of the WVU Tech Civil Engineering Advisory Board.

During his remarks, Meadows shared that while some things have changed over the years, the commitment of the faculty at WVU Tech hasn’t. He said that the passion the faculty had for mentoring and teaching enabled and encouraged him to mentor and help others.

BHSS Alumni of the Year recipient Deborah Hill, ‘86 and ‘87, shares remarks during the banquet.BHSS Alumni of the Year recipient Deborah Hill, ‘86 and '87, shares remarks during the banquet.

“The professors’ doors were always open. They had a passion for engineering then, and they still do,” he said. “I’ve carried that passion through my career.”

Hill, of Mt. Nebo, West Virginia, is a Tech alumna with an associate degree in nursing (1986) and a bachelor’s degree in health services administration (1987). She holds a master’s in health care management from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.

An experienced health care professional, Hill has 28 years of management experience. She is currently the Director of Long Term Care for Montgomery General Hospital. She serves on several state and community boards, including the WVU Tech Health Service Program Advisory Board.

Hill shared that she was proud of her experience at WVU Tech and has helped others in her family pursue higher education. Earlier in the day, Hill said she took a fourth family member to get registered to attend WVU Tech.

“I am proud for any of my children to go to Tech,” she said.

Hill also shared that she was pleased to have toured the Beckley campus.

“Change is around us and we need to embrace it,” she said. “The future is bright for us and for our students.”

Since 1949, WVU Tech has honored graduates by selecting outstanding alumni for the Alumni of the Year Award. To be selected for this honor, alumni must have achieved recognition in their profession, have a strong commitment to service and have given their time and talents to Tech by serving as a role model for all alumni.

View photos from the event on  Flickr.