West Virginia University has announced a $6 million commitment from alumni Maurice ('51) and JoAnn ('51) Wadsworth in support of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.
The gift will establish a Maurice and JoAnn Wadsworth Endowed Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Wadsworth Engineering Opportunity Fund, and a number of named faculty and graduate fellowships. In recognition of the gift, which boosts the couple's total support for WVU to $8 million, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will be rededicated as the Wadsworth Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Between 2005 and 2016, the Wadsworths, who earned degrees in civil engineering and psychology from WVU, established the Maurice A. and JoAnn Wadsworth Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Wadsworth Graduate Fellowship, and the Maurice and JoAnn Wadsworth Civil Engineering Faculty Fellow.
"The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering gave me the basic building blocks I needed to be successful in my engineering career," said Maurice Wadsworth, who spent his entire professional career at Gannett Fleming, where he served in a series of design and senior leadership roles before becoming board president and chair. "We are happy to be in a position to give back to the department and support the university."