Catamount Spirit Spotlight: John Stone

John Stone is a familiar name and face to most alumni of Potomac State College (PSC) thanks to his 44 years of teaching. Although he may have never imagined that his career would land him in front of a class of students every week or that he would actually enjoy being in such a role. As head of his department, John continues to provide a truly unique and interactive accounting and economics experience to PSC students.

John StoneGrowing up in Preston County, WV, it was not John’s dream to teach accounting and economics but to teach gospel. After finishing his studies at Saint Joseph’s Preparatory Seminary, John enrolled in classes at Wheeling Jesuit University for the House of Studies program. Concluding his freshman year at Jesuit, John decided to explore options other than priesthood, which led him to West Virginia University where he graduated from the College of Business and Economics in ‘72. 

While working for the West Virginia state road system and applying for jobs; John was coerced to apply at Potomac State College of WVU for a teaching position in the accounting department. Though slightly surprised he was offered the job by Irene Brown, after some discussion with his father, John accepted the position to teach accounting at PSC.

“A priest in seminary school had once told me to give anything three years to decide if you like it. So that’s what I planned to do,” says John. “I was 21 teaching classes that I had just recently learned myself. I swear some of the podiums in the admin building must still have my hand marks from squeezing so tightly with nerves during those first few weeks,” John now jokes.

Ultimately, it did not take John three years to decide he had found a passion for teaching. In just his second year, he had decided this was the career that would make him happy. Among his many positive impacts to the school including serving as assistant baseball coach to Jack Reynolds, a great mentor and friend, John is proudly the man who started the Catamount softball team. John left the team to Jim Walton who coached the girls for their NCJAA Region XX Championship in 2015.

John also worked with Christine Hess, Senior Admissions Counselor, and Robin Mullen, Math Professor, to advise the PSC Ski Club, the group made trips together often to Wisp, Canaan Valley, and even twice to Killington Vermont. “It is the interaction with students that I love. It is because of them that I continue to teach,” says John. Students all attest greatly to Professor Stone’s dedication as a teacher, as well as his great sense of humor.

John spends much of his free time with his two sons Nathan and Corbin and his four grandchildren Olivia (12), Alison (10), Corbin (9), and Luca (1).