Ed Wade remembers Potomac State College in his Will

The family of former faculty member, Ed Wade, recently stopped by West Virginia University Potomac State College, to deliver a check to Campus President Jennifer Orlikoff, which was donated to the College by Wade, who passed away in March of this year.

“Dad loved Potomac State and wanted to remember the College in his will,” said Wade’s daughter, Jennifer Reese. Wade’s son, Chris, confirmed that his dad had a real joy in teaching art to students, but felt that after 26 years, it was time to retire, which he did in May 2000.

An excerpt from Wade’s will states, “God has been good to me, and I also have been very lucky. Educational institutions that I have attended, earned credits and received degrees from, or worked for, should get some payback. Why? Because I think the school and the people I met and talked with helped me to change my thinking, and therefore – my life. I was a one-man department at Potomac State College, and they gave me a happy twenty-six years of teaching.”

Per Wade’s instructions, the donation is geared toward visual arts at the College. Part of the gift will be used to provide enhancements to the Church-McKee Arts Center, which is where Wade spent most of his career with the College.

According to Wade’s family, “With more than 20,000 visitors annually to the Arts Center, the enhancements will make a significant impact to everyone who walks through the door, and that’s what dad wanted.”

The remainder of the gift will be used to establish the Edward M. Wade Visual Arts Opportunities Fund, which will provide funds to support interests in the area of visual arts at Potomac State College, and may include program enhancements, guest speakers, theater productions, and trips.

“I’ve encountered alumni who had Ed as an instructor and they speak fondly of him and of the positive experience and impact of his classes. And now, because of his generous donation, future students will continue to benefit from his love of the arts,” said President Orlikoff.

The Ed Wade gift is part of ‘A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University’ which runs through December 2017. For more information about giving to Potomac State College, contact Lucas Taylor, director of development at 304-788-6995 or at lstaylor@mail.wvu.edu.

November 9, 2017