Robert Harman to be honored at Potomac State College

Potomac State College of West Virginia University will recognize four individuals during Homecoming festivities this fall. Robert Harman is among those being honored at the awards banquet on October 12th with the Alumni Achievement Award.  

Harman (Class of ’60), served as the Administrator/CEO of Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, W.Va. from 1965 to 2010, making him the longest tenured hospital CEO on record in the United States, a distinction recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives and by former Governor Bob Wise who presented him with the ‘Distinguished West Virginian Award.’

Robert Harman
Robert Harman

During his tenure at the hospital, Harman oversaw two major expansion and renovation projects, developed patient and community service programs and created internships for high school students.

He was actively involved with hospital association endeavors, serving as chairman of the WV Hospital Association Board of Trustees and also in a variety of functions with the state, including the areas of public policy and healthcare educational services.

Harman was also instrumental in the formation of the Committee on Small and Rural Hospitals as well as serving on numerous advisory councils and committees.

He is the recipient of the 2006 American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees Award and in 2008 received the Senior Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award.

The West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships presented him with the Outstanding Community Partner Award and he was also recognized by the American Hospital Association for “A Career of Outstanding Leadership.”

Harman earned his bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State in Fairmont, W.Va. and his MBA in health care administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Jo Ann, have two children.

Reservations must be made for the awards banquet which is being held in the Davis Conference Center on the campus of Potomac State. Social Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Please RSVP by October 4 by contacting Libby Nichols in the Alumni Office at 1-800-262-7332 extension 6870 or 304-788-6870 or at lmnichols@mail.wvu.edu .