Alumni Board President 2013-2014

David B. Amos '03

Larry J. McReynolds '70

McReynolds '70 leads UVa-Wise Alumni Board


     Larry J. McReynolds earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from The University of Virginia's College at Wise in 1970, then known as Clinch Valley College, as part of the first class that earned bachelor's degrees after the College became a four-year institution.

     Upon graduation, the St. Paul, Va. resident began teaching at Coeburn High School in the science department. McReynolds moved toward the coal industry in 1988 when he opened Oliver Coal Sales. Oliver Coal Sales has flourished in the coal industry for the last quarter of a century.

     In July 1994, McReynolds joined the Alumni Board as an elected full seat member. For more than 19 years, he has been an asset to both the Alumni Board and the campus community, serving on the Community Spring Swing, $elebration, Strategic Planning, Nominating, and the Miners' Family Scholarship committees. In 2009, he established the McReynolds Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for students participating in intercollegiate athletic programs at UVa-Wise. In addition to the McReynolds Scholarship Fund, he has made significant gifts to the Miners' Family Scholarship as well as occasional gifts to various scholarship funds in honor of or in memory of friends and colleagues.

     In his free time, he collects mining and Native American antiques, is an enthusiast for antique cars and is an avid golfer. Also, he is involved in the American Chestnut Federation, Eastern Coal Council, Virginia Mining Association and the North Carolina Coal Institute.

     During his term as president of the UVa-Wise Alumni Association, McReynolds has set several initiatives including; working to strengthen connections between graduating seniors and the Alumni Association, to find pathways for students to become more involved in the Alumni Association and to foster involvement and growth of alumni in the immediate areas. McReynolds is known on campus and in the community for his relentless work ethic, philanthropy and his devotion to UVa-Wise and the Alumni Association.