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Published:May 28th, 2006 09:59 EST
Years of Service Earns WVU Graduates Top Honors

Years of Service Earns WVU Graduates Top Honors

By Brandon Jennings

Four graduates from West Virginia University have been selected for the honor of the Order of Vandalia after years of generosity and service to WVU.

“I consider myself one of the luckiest alumni ever to have been involved in all the improvements over the last 18 years,” said Kiger.

George R. Farmer Jr., Vaughn L. Kiger, Stuart M. Robbins and Guy H. Stewart are all slated to be recognized during a special ceremony Saturday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center.

Kiger’s began in the real estate business, but he wasn’t happy with simply selling property. Much of his time has been spent on improvements, and this is not the first time WVU has recognized him for his service and generosity.

Kiger has received, among other awards, the Richard T. Feller Outstanding Alumni Award in 2005. And now he will be honored with the most prestigious award afforded by WVU.

“I’m very humbled,” said Kiger.

Stewart has been involved with WVU for over thirty years.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be receiving it; not very many people get it,” said Stewart.

Stewart served as Dean of the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism and chair of a committee dedicated to the renovation of the WVU Jackson’s Mill 4-H camp. During his time as dean, he helped to expand the curriculum, improve Martin Hall and raise more than $2 million in scholarships and endowments.

“Jackson’s Mill is one of the great treasures of our state,” said Stewart.

And since he began working with the 4-H program, he has helped to raise $450 thousand for a new pool at the Weston facility and was chair of a committee that raised $35 million for improvements on the buildings at Jackson’s Mill.

Due to his reputation for being an able, fair and compassionate practitioner of law, Farmer has had the distinguished honor of representing two of Morgantown’s most well-known and respected benefactors –J.W. Ruby and Hazel Ruby McQuain.

His time is now spent serving as a trustee of the Ruby Foundation and chairman of the Hazel Ruby McQuain board of trustees. During his tenure with these two organizations, millions of dollars have been provided for the creation of Ruby Memorial Hospital, a WVU College of Law library endowment, and four fully endowed teaching chairs in the WVU school of Medicine.

Robbins retired as managing director of global equities for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a leading Wall Street investment firm, in 2000. He served two terms as chairman of the WVU Foundation board of directors and used his experience and knowledge to restructure the organizations investment policy. Robbins also served as national vice chair of the WVU foundation’s “Building Greatness” capital campaign which raised $336 million.  Robbins and his wife, Joyce, have used their success to create several endowments for WVU; the Stuart M. Robbins Family Endowment, the Stuart and Joyce Robbins Scholarship and the history departments first chair.