BETHANY, W.Va. — Cameron A. Cooper of Hurricane, West Virginia, completed a “perfect” career at Bethany College Saturday, earning top academic honors at the 2014 Commencement ceremony. Cooper finished with a perfect 4.0 grade point average in course work, earned distinction on his Senior Comprehensive Examinations, and was recognized with the prestigious Oreon E. Scott Award as the graduating senior with the highest academic standing.
Cooper was presented the award by Dr. Katrina L. D'Aquin, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, during the Commencement ceremony in the Pennington Quadrangle. Cooper earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a specialization in Financial Economics. He will attend the prestigious Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in the fall.
“Cameron is among the most impressive all-round students with whom I have been associated in 23 years as a college president,” remarked Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. “He has been a remarkable student, leader and athlete at Bethany – we share the pride of his family.”
Cooper recently received the Business Award and the Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Award in Economics. He has earned a wide variety of awards and honors, including the W.F. Kennedy Prize for Outstanding Junior Man in 2013, as well as the Ernest L. & Dorothy Miller Korb Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, given to a student who best displays an entrepreneurial spirit, also in 2013.
He is a member of Gamma Sigma Kappa, a scholastic society founded at Bethany; Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor society; and Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international economics honor society. He has also participated in the Cooey Davis Experiential Fellowship.
Cooper is highly involved with Bethany College, both on and off campus. Through the Business & Accounting Club and Economics Club, he has traveled to Italy and the United Arab Emirates. He has participated in bake sales to provide clean water for those in sub-Saharan Africa. He served as president of both the Business & Accounting Club and the Economics Club and was a Senior Fellow for the Business and Economics Department. He also worked as a tutor for the department.
Cooper also served as Chief Portfolio Manager and then Chief Executive Officer of Bethany’s McCann Student Investment Fund. The McCann Fund is a $1.4 million investment portfolio exclusively managed by students.
He served as captain of the Bison football team this past year, allowing him yet another opportunity to demonstrate his leadership skills. Head football coach Bill Garvey said he is “what every coach wants his players to be – committed, hard-working and loyal.”
He is the son of Harold and Theresa Cooper.
Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.