Calhoun to be recognized during Potomac State Homecoming

Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU) will recognize five individuals during Homecoming festivities this fall.  Among those being honored at the awards banquet on October 13this Dwight Calhoun, who will be recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award.  

Dwight Calhoun
Dwight Calhoun

While earning an associate degree at Potomac State from 1951 to 1953, Calhoun worked on the College farm gaining valuable experience.  He continued his education at WVU, earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education in 1955.

Calhoun began working for the Farmers Home Administration (FMHA) in 1956 and continued his career with FMHA until his retirement in 1987.  While employed with FMHA, Calhoun served as a Community Services Officer, a Division Director, an Assistant Administrator of Community Programs, Deputy Administrator for Management, and as Acting Administrator of The Farmers Home Administration in Washington, D.C. where he administered several billion dollars in an agency with more than 12,000 employees.  He was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Executive Award from then-President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and also received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award in 1985.  During his time with FMHA, Calhoun was instrumental in developing and assisting with community projects, developing documents for loan portfolios and administering a nationwide program involving billions of dollars to finance rural water and waste disposal facilities, as well as administering loans for hospitals, nursing homes, fire departments, streets, roads, and other essential community facilities. 

Calhoun is originally from Petersburg, W.Va.  He and his wife, Norma Jean (Clark), have four children, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.     

The awards banquet will be held in the Davis Conference Center; social hour is at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m.  Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Libby Nichols at 304-788-6870, or 800-262-7332, ext. 6870 or at lmnichols@mail.wvu.edu , by Friday, October 5.  The cost of the dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.