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Wehrles give WVU colleges $1.25 million gift

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University's business and law schools received a $1.5 million gift from a Charleston-area couple and their family's foundation, the university announced Wednesday.

H. Bernard "Bernie" Wehrle III and his wife, Cecilia, donated $750,000 to the College of Business and Economics to create a non-endowed supply chain professorship to kick-start a supply chain management program.

Another $500,000 went to the College of Law for building expansion and redesign.

Also, $250,000 came from the H.B. Wehrle Foundation to support the supply chain professorship at the business school.

"Mr. Wehrle and his family have been extremely generous to WVU and higher education over the years," said WVU President Jim Clements in a prepared statement. "And this latest gift continues that tradition with support to our College of Business and Economics for a new academic program, as well as our College of Law for state-of-the-art legal classrooms."

Wehrle is a director of McJunkin Redman Corporation Global, and serves on the boards of the Mountain Company in Parkersburg, the Central West Virginia Airport Authority and Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center. He graduated from Princeton University and received an MBA from Georgia State University in 1978. Cecilia Hamrick Wehrle graduated from the then-WVU College of Arts and Science in 1976.

The contribution was made, in part, with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia's University. The $750 million campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation runs through December 2015.

Last month, the Wehrles and their family's foundation made a similar gift to the University of Charleston. Bernie and Cecilia Wehrle donated $1.25 million and the Wehrle Foundation donated $250,000 toward a new sports and fitness center at UC.

Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.cook@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.


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