MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A longtime leader in the oil field services industry is giving West Virginia University $250,000 to help support construction of its Advanced Engineering Research Building, expected to open next year.
WVU said Tuesday that J. Wayne Richards and wife Kathy recently pledged the donation to the Statler College Building Fund through the ongoing "State of Minds'' fund-raising campaign.
The couple grew up in South Charleston, but now live in Texas.
Wayne Richards says his education at WVU helped prepare him for a successful career.
He spent 25 years in several senior positions with Texas-based Schlumberger and most recently served as chief executive officer of Global Oilfield Services in Sugar Land, Texas.
In January, Schlumberger announced it was granting WVU nearly $18 million for geology and geophysics software.