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WVU alumnus creates CEMR endowment in honor of late father

on Tue, 08/09/2011 - 08:00

West Virginia University alumnus Tommy Stuchell credits two important factors in his personal and professional development: family and education. Growing up in a family of four children, he remembers his parents continually stressing the importance of education. Now as adults, the four siblings can claim a total of eight degrees, six coming from WVU.

“WVU has meant so much to our family,” Stuchell said.

Remaining true to his values of family and education, Stuchell has created an endowed fund to benefit the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, in memory of his late father, Thomas D. Stuchell.

Funds for the Thomas D. Stuchell Engineering Endowment have already exceeded $25,000. The endowment will provide funds for discretionary use to benefit the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in carrying out its educational, research and outreach missions, and was established with WVU’s planned giving program in mind.

“I can add to the endowment during my lifetime, and my estate will supplement it later,” Stuchell noted.

While Stuchell earned both his master’s of business administration and law degree from out-of-state schools, he fell in love with WVU while studying as an undergraduate student.

“I tell folks all the time that if I could relive any part of my life, it would be my time at WVU. I made friends and have memories that will last my lifetime,” said Stuchell. “Although I have spent most of my adult life in Texas, West Virginia and WVU have never been far from my heart.”

Speaking of his decision to create the endowment, Stuchell said, “I wanted to do something to honor my father’s memory, while continuing his legacy of helping others. Naming an endowment fund after him was a great way to meet both objectives.”

A native of Preston County, Tommy Stuchell graduated from WVU in 1987 with a degree in electrical engineering. He currently serves as vice president of strategic development for NuStar Energy, in San Antonio, Texas.

Chartered in 1954, the WVU Foundation is a private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of West Virginia University.