Mountaineer Alumnus Donates Technology, Inspires Next Generation of WVU Foresters

In *All, Technology by Ag is America

Forestry students at West Virginia University will cruise into their careers and studies with state-of-the-art technology developed and donated by a WVU graduate.  Michael McWhorter, a 1986 forest resources management graduate, donated over $38,000 of equipment and software to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

The software, named Cruise Control, was developed by McWhorter as a tool to aid foresters in data collection and forest inventory processing. The forestry system used at the time by the university was outdated and not user-friendly, making the donating timely. After all, medical students don’t work with technology and tools that are dozens of years out of date. “Exposing forestry students to the latest technology as related to their field of interest is paramount to having a well-rounded education, as well as being a little more workforce ready,” McWhorter said.

McWhorter also sees the donation as an investment in the future, for both the university and for Landmark Forestry. “Landmark Forestry has a vested interest in the forestry students produced by West Virginia University,” said McWhorter, who has hired a number of WVU grads to work in his business. The donation, which appears to be a win-win for all parties involved, will set WVU forestry students on cruise control toward successful careers.

For more information on Michael McWhorter’s donation and the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, click here.

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