Fairmont State alumnus appointed to Board of Governors

Friday, January 17, 2020

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has announced the appointment of WV native Rusty Hutson to the Fairmont State University Board of Governors. 

“We’re thrilled that Rusty Hutson has been appointed to the University’s Board of Governors. He brings years of experience and a keen governance acumen,” Martin said. “As a Fairmont State University graduate, he also appreciates our mission, recognizes our opportunities, and has an enduring fondness for Fairmont State.” 

Hutson graduated from Fairmont State College with a degree in accounting and earned his CPA License. After college, he spent 13 years steadily progressing into multiple leadership roles at well-known banking institutions such as Bank One and Compass Bank. His final years in the banking industry were spent as CFO of Compass Financial Services. 

Building upon his experiences in the Oil & Gas Industry as well as the financial sector, Rusty established Diversified Gas & Oil in 2001. After years of refining his strategy, Rusty and his team quietly took DGO public in 2017. He continues to lead his team and expand the company’s footprint throughout the Appalachian Basin. With a rapidly growing portfolio, Rusty remains focused on operational excellence and creating shareholder value.

“It is an honor to be appointed to my Alma Mater’s Board of Governors! To be able to contribute to the long-term success of the University and its impact to the North Central West Virginia area is something I do not take lightly,” he said. “I am eager to work with the Board and the Administration to make Fairmont State University a special place for those who attend and effect change that will result in the long-term viability of the University both financially and academically. I cannot wait to get started!”

In 2019, Hutson was honored with the 2019 Alumni of Achievement Award during Homecoming by the Fairmont State Alumni Association. The award is given to a graduate of the University who has achieved a high level of success in a chosen profession and is recognized for professional accomplishments, service to the community, ethical behavior, and exemplary character.