Honorable Ken Hechler Speaks to Potomac State Campus Community

Ken Hechler with students
The Honorable Ken Hechler, center, was a recent guest speaker at Potomac State College of WVU, sharing his life experiences with the campus community. Pictured from left are: Rachel Carder from Short Gap; Thomas Royce, Keyser; Paul McKenzie, Ridgeley; Stephanie Mace, Fort Ashby; Hechler; PSC History Instructor Cassandra Pritts; Elizabeth Bell, Terra Alta; and Lauren Rosedale, Keyser.

The Honorable Ken Hechler, Ph.D., currently the longest-living, former member of Unites States Congress, was recently a guest speaker at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. He shared with approximately 90 students, faculty and staff his first-hand knowledge of World War II (WWII) ; the Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower Administrations; the Civil Rights Movement; his 18 years of service from 1959 to 1977 with the U.S. House of Representatives; and his 16 years of service from 1985 to 2001 as West Virginia’s Secretary of State. A decorated WWII veteran, Dr. Hechler earned a doctorate degree from Columbia University and was a faculty member at Columbia, Princeton University, and Barnard College. He is the author of several books including” “The Bridge of Remagen,” “Working with Truman,” and “The Enemy Side of the Hill: The 1945 Background on Interrogation of German Commanders,” among others. The 99-year old currently resides in Hampshire County with his wife, Carol. His visit to campus was arranged by History Instructor Cassandra Pritts.