Sutton Suites shown during the ribbon-cutting ceremony September 24, 2009

Gealy W. Wallwork, a member of the Council of Trustees, has been recognized with the naming of a residence hall in his honor.

The Sutton Suites, completed in Phase III of the Residential Revival, will be named the Gealy W. Wallwork Residence Hall.

The Council of Trustees approved the naming during its public meeting September 25, 2009.

The resolution accepted by the trustees recognized Wallwork's commitment to IUP and his “considerable expertise and wisdom during a time of university growth that has included development of the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, the Student Residential Revival, successful fundraising campaigns, and many other initiatives.”

The residence hall, at Pratt Drive and Grant Street, reflects the architecture of Sutton Hall, the university's main administration building. It includes a number of rooms for meetings and recreation, as well as a multipurpose room that accommodates up to 150 people.

Wallwork, of Kittanning, has served as a member of the Council of Trustees since 1991. An active volunteer for the university, he chairs the Administration and Finance Committee. He has served as a member of the Academic Affairs and University Relations committees and the President's Formal and Informal Review committees, chairman of the Nomination Committee, and liaison to the Foundation for IUP Board of Directors.

In 2006, Dr. Tony Atwater, IUP president, presented Wallwork with the President's Medal of Distinction, the highest non-degree award presented by IUP. It was established in 1985 to honor citizens of the state and region whose contributions in the areas of professional achievement or public service are of national significance or whose contributions are of special significance to the university.

Wallwork is the retired president and chief executive officer of the Arthur T. Walker Estate Corporation, which served as a holding company for the Shawmut Companies.

His career spans forty-four years in operation and management positions in the mining business, from mine level through corporate headquarters. A graduate of Lehigh University with a B.S. in Mining Engineering, he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. During his career, he worked for Rochester and Pittsburgh Coal Company, North American Coal Corporation, and Bethlehem Mines Corporation.

He is a member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers and serves on the boards of CQ Inc. and Fuelmakers Inc. A member of Rotary International, he serves on the executive boards of the Moraine Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission.

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