Wheeling Jesuit University

Expert on Energy & Natural Resources is Next Speaker in Distinguished Speaker's Program

WHEELING, WV, March 7, 2012 -- "Striking the Energy -- Environmental Balance" will be the topic of a presentation by Patrick J. McCormick III '77, Republican Special Counsel to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate. The talk is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 22 at Wheeling Jesuit University's National Technology Transfer Center auditorium.

The presentation is part of the Institute for the Study of Capitalism and Morality (ISCM) 2011 Distinguished Speaker's Program, sponsored by BB&T Foundation.

"We are pleased to welcome our alumnus Patrick back to campus. Our students and area business leaders will benefit from his insight on this timely topic. We are most grateful to the BB&T Foundation for its continued support of our efforts in bringing speakers to campus," said Rev. James O'Brien, S.J., Wheeling Jesuit philosophy professor who will introduce McCormick.

McCormick will address the critical need to re-imagine and renew the nation's energy policy while at the same time balancing ethical imperatives related to energy production, energy affordability and environmental regulation.

McCormick was appointed to the position of special counsel in April 2011 by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the Committee's Ranking Republican. He provides counsel and advocacy on all matters within the committee's jurisdiction especially as they bear on the security, adequacy, reliability and affordability of the nation's energy supply resources and delivery infrastructure.

Prior to this appointment, he was with Hunton & Williams LLP where he was a partner and the leader of the regulated markets and energy infrastructure practice in the firm's Washington office. McCormick's private practice focused on representing clients and advising executives on matters pertaining to energy regulation and infrastructure development.

Before joining Hunton and Williams in 2005, McCormick was the managing partner for the Washington office of Balch & Bingham LLP for more than a decade. Earlier in his career he served as deputy assistant general counsel for electric rates and corporate regulation with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and in positions of increasing responsibility in the law and governmental affairs departments of Potomac Electric Power Company.

McCormick is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland. He has been listed in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.

McCormick earned a Bachelor of Arts in history at Wheeling Jesuit in 1977 and a Juris Doctorate from Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in 1984.

While a student at Wheeling Jesuit, he was active in Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society and served as Student Government president from 1976-77. He also is a winner of the Ignatian Award.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to be among the speakers in this outstanding program. I am also grateful to the University and to its benefactors for engaging, as ever, on questions of capitalism and morality which present themselves vividly in the spheres of energy and the environment," McCormick said.

Founded in the spring of 2006 as a result of a major gift from the BB&T Charitable Foundation, Wheeling Jesuit's ISCM is dedicated to an examination of capitalism and the topics surrounding it. The ISCM is housed in the School of Business.

The ISCM sponsors an annual series of programs, including lectures, seminars and undergraduate courses, that provide students with a vibrant and distinctive educational experience.

Also coming in the 2011-2012 speaker series is an April 18 presentation by Dr. Edwin Locke, emeritus professor of leadership and motivation at the University of Maryland. Locke will speak on the topic of "Business Heroes in Fact & Fiction." Locke's talk also will take place at 7 p.m.

For more information on the ISCM, please call 304-243-2087.

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