HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Here's the reaction from MU President Dr. Jerome Gilber, MU AD Mike Hamrick and Board of Governors Member Gary White on the death of philanthropist Chris Cline.
Jerome A. Gilbert, President:
“The entire Marshall community is in disbelief and shock over the sad news of this tragic accident that took the life of a prominent Son of Marshall and so many others. Our hearts are heavy. Chris’s generosity to our research and athletics programs has made a mark on Marshall University and our students for many years to come. I am praying for his family.”
Mike Hamrick, Athletic Director:
“Chris Cline was a true Son of Marshall. He was not only a personal friend of mine, he was a friend of Marshall and Marshall Athletics. With the naming of our Chris Cline Athletic Complex to honor his generosity, his dedication to our university and our student-athletics will live on. He was so proud of the complex and was so excited the day we dedicated it. I sure know Marshall University Athletics will miss Chris, as will I. He was a vital part of our Athletics family.”
Gary G. White, Board of Governors Member and Former Interim President:
“Chris was a friend of mine and of Marshall University. What he accomplished in the coal mining industry was nothing short of amazing. He started working for his father (a small-contract miner) and rose to be one of the titans in the industry. Notwithstanding his success, he never forgot his humble beginnings.”