ALUMNI “WALL OF HONOR” The West Liberty University Alumni Board of Directors instituted a project in 1990 to demonstrate to current students, visitors, and friends that the college has some very successful graduates. This project, known as the “Alumni Wall of Honor,” is a dramatic way to honor some of the college’s most distinguished alumni and display pride in the accomplishments of its graduates. The concept was suggested by then Associate Professor of Physics Robert W. Schramm, who is a 1958 graduate of the college and a 2002 Alumni Wall of Honor inductee. The Alumni Wall of Honor is housed in the south end of the Union known as the Alumni Lounge.
Howard L Shackelford, JrInducted 2001
After graduating from West Liberty State College, Howard Shackelford attended West Virginia University School of Medicine. While in medical school, he won the Edward J. Van Liere Excellence in Research Award for innovative work in immunology. After five years of general surgery at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, and two years of thoracic cardiovascular surgery at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, he returned to Wheeling in 1983. He was one of the youngest American Board Certified thoracic surgeons in the world after completing his qualifications in 1984. Shackelford maintains an active surgical practice. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American College of Cardiology as well as a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Eastern Vascular Society, and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and is clinical associate professor in the School of Medicine at West Virginia University, and clinical assistant professor of Surgery at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to surgery, he is also vice president of research and development for S & S Surgical Corporation, a medical device manufacturing company. Paramount in his endeavors is his membership on the West Liberty State College Foundation Board of Directors.