Alumnus R. Ivan Pinnell to be added to Scholars’ Wall at Potomac State

R. Ivan Pinnell, Ph.D. (Class of 1963), a former resident of Millwood, W.Va., will be recognized by the Alumni Association at WVU Potomac State College during a special ceremony on Sunday, April 23, with the inscription of his name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall (Scholars’ Wall). The Scholars’ Wall was conceived in order to recognize the academic and scholarly achievements of alumni, faculty and students. 

Dr. Pinnell earned his associate degree in journalism from Potomac State 1963.  Under the direction of Faculty Advisor Dr. Elizabeth Atwater, he served as a reporter for news and sports and was a member of the newspaper editorial board.  Additionally, Dr. Pinnell was active with the campus Circle K Club and with ROTC.Ivan Pinnell

Dr. Pinnell continued his education at West Virginia University, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1965.   He earned his master’s degree in political science from Jacksonville State University in 1973 and his Ph.D. in human communication from the University of Denver in 1984.

Dr. Pinnell has enjoyed the distinction of experiencing several careers.  He is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, having served during wartime from 1968 to 1989.  He was a prominent faculty member of the WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism (now the WVU Reed College of Media) for nearly 25 years where he chaired the public relations program from 1989 to 2010.  He served as associate dean from 1991 to 2007 and as director of graduate studies from 2001 to 2007 as well.

The WVU Reed College of Media established the ‘Commitment to Service Award’ in 2013 as a way of honoring Dr. Pinnell for his dedication, commitment and service to students and to the College.  Dr. Pinnell was also awarded the Golden Quill Teaching Award that same year, which is based solely on student nominations.  “Dr. Pinnell made a large impact on me, both as a student and as an individual.  He was one of those teachers who actually cared about his students and helped us in any way he could.  He also helped me realize that my true professional passion was marketing and public relations.  Had I not had Dr. Pinnell in class and as an advisor, I would not have the awesome career I have today,” stated Senior Social Media Strategist Jennifer Cruse.

The public is invited to the Scholars’ Wall Ceremony to be held Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center Auditorium.