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Altizer receives honorary degree from Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) honored Barbara F. Altizer with an Honorary Doctor of Administration degree during the University Recognition Program on Tuesday, December 4th.

Barbara Altizer is a graduate of Southwest Virginia Community College and holds multiple certificates in coal, energy, economic development and grassroots networking.

Ms. Altizer is the Executive Director of Eastern Coal Council based in Richlands, Virginia. The council is a coalition dedicated to education and public awareness for the coal, rail and power industries. In addition, she is the Publisher and Managing Editor of Coal Leader, Inc. which communicates the latest news and events affecting energy/coal industries to coal leader’s readership as quickly as possible. The goal of the Eastern Coal Council is the education of the people on the environmental, economic and social issues surrounding coal mining, utilization, and reclamation and power generation.

She has worked closely with American Electric Power in a 13 year, $306 million transmission construction project to bring energy to southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia customers in 1990. Altizer assisted in forming the Coal Education Development and Resources of Virginia, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit corporation which began in 2005 as a partnership between the coal industry, business community and educators to educate the public on the many benefits of coal and the role it plays in one’s day to day life.

Ms. Altizer serves as President of Jewell Ridge Recreation and development Corporation in her hometown community in Jewell Ridge, Virginia. This was once a coal mining community and the corporation has restored the company store and plans to attract business or industry into the restored facility.

She serves as a member of several committees of the Southern States Energy Board; member of the Southeast Regional Sequestration Partnership addressing the many technical and institutional issues that relate to geological sequestration of CO2; member of the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission that studies all aspects of coal as an energy resource and endeavors to stimulate, encourage, promote, and assist in the development of renewable and alternative energy resources other than petroleum; member of the Virginia Mined Land Reclamation Advisory Committee to provide a critical link between state government and public and private sector interests associated with the coal industry; member of the International Energy Agency’s Coal Industry Advisory Board to insure reliable, affordable and clean energy; and member of the Coal Industry Advisory Board to provide advice on coal issues to the International Energy Agency.

Ms. Altizer currently resides in Richlands, Virginia. Dr. Jim Taylor, President of UC, said, “I am pleased to present this honorary degree to Ms. Altizer because of her stellar success, support and caring for her fellow man, and for her commitment to making this world a better place.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit