Sue Cantrell has been named president of the
University of Appalachia and dean of its flagship
college of pharmacy. She will take office this
UA Names New President, Dean
Dr. Sue Cantrell
Selected to Fill Both Posts
Dr. Eleanor Sue Cantrell has been named president of the
University of Appalachia and dean of its flagship college of
Cantrell, a pharmacist and
medical doctor, is currently the district director of the
Lenowisco Health District, which includes Lee, Scott and Wise
counties and the city of Norton. Her duties since 1991 have
included supervising medical personnel and managing public
health programs. Her specialty training is in internal
medicine and her focus is upon preventative health care in a
region many would agree is beset with health disparities.
She will succeed Dr. Lanny Foss
to the post of dean at UACP and Mickey McGlothlin to the post
of UA president. Both Foss and McGlothlin have been serving in
interim capacities pending the selection of a dean and
"We are very pleased to
have someone of Dr. Cantrell’s background and caliber on
board," McGlothlin said in making the announcement. "Most of
her medical education was obtained in Virginia. She has lived
here since the 1970s and she was raised in Upper East
Tennessee. She knows our health care system, the patient
population and the many issues our region faces in the health
care field. She has teaching and lecturing experience, but
what is most impressive is her passion for public health care
and her vast administrative back-ground.
"She handles large
budgets and grants, knows key people in the health care field
in our region and has a solid reputation for integrity and
hard work," McGlothlin continued. "She will take our new
pharmacy program to national prominence in public service and
The new president and
dean accepted the university’s offer as a challenge to impact
pharmacy and healthcare throughout the Central Appalachian
"I love my present
work, but the opportunity to help train tomorrow’s health care
providers in rural medicine and motivate our students to go
into the community, partnering with other professionals and
individuals to achieve excellent health and health care in
many settings—including hospitals, nursing homes, community
pharmacies and public schools, teaching younger generations to
avoid drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and poor eating and exercise
habits—this energizes me," she said.
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CONSOL Permit Hearing Set
DMME Plans May 23 Event at Riverview
A public hearing to
receive comments regarding CONSOL’s controversial plan to
discharge mine water into the Levisa River will be held Tuesday,
May 23 at Riverview Elementary/Middle School.
The mining company is seeking to
discharge water from the Buchanan No. 1 mine into the Levisa
River, having filed a permit request with the Department of Mines
Minerals and Energy. If the permit is approved, CONSOL intends to
construct a system to discharge the water near Poetown.
The meeting, announced by the Department of
Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Division of Mined Land
Reclamation, will provide those having an interest in the permit
application decision to present oral or written comments regarding
the plan. Comments should be specific as to how the proposed
operation may adversely affect the person.
When CONSOL’s request for the
permit revision was made public last year, it was initially
alleged the mine water could be “toxic,” proving to be a
health hazard when discharged into the body of water.
However, after the Grundy
Industrial Development Authority hired an independent party to
examine the water, those concerns were said to be “unfounded.”
Ronald Mullennes, a Marshall
Miller representative, led an analysis of the water in question,
as well as CONSOL’s proposed plan. Although Mullennes determined
the discharge would not be “toxic,” he did confirm some aquatic
animals might avoid that area of the river.
“It’s possible certain
aquatic life won’t inhabit that area of the river,” Mullennes told
Town Council in February, confirming the presence of chloride in
his test results. “I don’t expect to see any fish kills. [But]
they certainly may avoid that area while [CONSOL is] discharging.”
Mullennes also said the
area of the river that will be affected will stretch approximately
three-quarters of a mile.
Mullennes said in
February it appears as though there will be no foul odor produced
by the discharged water, which had been another concern of those
familiar with the plan. Hydrogen sulphide, which would’ve been the
primary source of an odor, was not found in Mullenes’ sample.
“I tested the water for
hydrogen sulphide and got no detection of that,” he said, further
stating that any concerns the public may have about the water
being “toxic” are unfounded. “[The water doesn’t] exceed acute
standards, something that would be toxic.”
The Division will render
its decision on the application within 60 days of the close of the
meeting, which will take place at 6 p.m. at the school.
Persons wishing to
view the permit application materials may do so by visiting the
Division’s Big Stone Gap office during business hours.
regarding the permit application or meeting procedure may be
obtained by contacting Gregory F. Baker at (276) 523-8160.
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