William James Harvey

My Career in the Energy-Focused Financial Services Industry : An Alternative Use of a Mining Engineering Education

A native of Oak Hill, W.Va., Harvey attended WVU and West Virginia Institute of Technology from 1973-1979, earning bachelor's degrees in mining engineering and industrial management. He then worked for eight years in the state's coal mining industry before returning to WVU to earn his MBA in 1988.

Harvey led the Wells Fargo Insurance Services energy and mining team, which provides property and casualty, employee benefits, surety and financial services to the energy and mining industry worldwide. His team had been named the most profitable operation in the mid-Atlantic region five times since 1997, and had twice been recognized as the most profitable operation within Wells Fargo Insurance Services countrywide. Harvey, who recently retired, started the Wells Fargo Energy Group Scholarship within the Department of Mining Engineering.

A Life and Old Gold member of the WVU Alumni Association as well as a member of the Marmaduke Dent Society, Harvey serves as treasurer of the Association. He serves on the board of Coal Education Development and Resources, which works with teachers in grades 1-12 to help educate students in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky about the facts as they pertain to coal, the coal mining industry and its importance to the region. The Department of Mining Engineering established the William N. Poundstone Lecture Series in 2000 to honor Poundstone, a distinguished alumnus of the Department, and to bring mining industry experts to campus to share their expertise with students and faculty.