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Energy and climate expert Charles Bayless to deliver seminar on climate change

A portrait image of Mr. Charles Bayless in a suit, smiling for the camera.

Charles Bayless, an expert in energy, climate change and ocean acidification, will present his seminar “The Story of Climate Change” on Wednesday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carter Hall Auditorium.

Open to the public, the seminar will cover the topic of climate change as it stands today and how it might affect the future.

“Mr. Bayless has a compelling story to share about climate change,” said WVU Tech Interim Campus President Dr. Gerald Lang. 

“We are excited to have an alumnus and former president return to campus to speak with our students and faculty about the science behind global climate change and the projected impacts,” he said.

A respected thought leader in the field of energy production and climate change, Bayless served as president and provost of WVU Tech in the early 2000s.   

Bayless is known for his standout career in the power industry, serving as chairman, president and CEO of the Tucson Electric Power Company and Illinois Power. He also held high-ranking positions at PS New Hampshire and the Consumers Power Company.

He is co-chair of the Climate Institute and a board member of West Virginia American Water. He has been involved in a number of civic and philanthropic organizations and is a member of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive and Advisory boards.

Bayless earned his M.S. in electrical engineering and a law degree at WVU. He completed the MBA program at the University of Michigan. But before the advanced degrees, he earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering at WVU Tech.

Now he’ll revisit his alma mater to share his work in a field he is passionate about. He'll even spend time speaking with students before the seminar. 

“What better way for our students to learn than have this special one-on-one time with an expert in the field,” said Lang.