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Jim Dissen
Class of 1963
Senior Vice President of Corporate Development with Triana Energy, LLC

Jim Dissen, class of 1963 is the senior vice president of corporate development with Triana Energy, LLC in Charleston, W.Va.
The Wheeling Jesuit alumnus came to the University from Pittsburgh. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army and was trained as a special agent in counter intelligence during the Cold War. During his service in the Army, he obtained a MBA from Xavier University attending classes in the evenings and on weekends. In the early 1970s, after his honorable discharge from the Army, Dissen began his professional career, working in the oil and gas industry in the Pittsburgh and Uniontown, Pa. markets and at the same time began his legal studies at Duquense University, School of Law, Evening Division. He earned his juris doctorate from Duquesne. Later he transferred to the Charleston area and has remained there. Dissen was promoted through the management ranks within the company and successor organizations to his current position of senior vice president.
In addition to his professional career, Dissen has been active in the community, serving as chairman of the board for Highland Hospital, Highland-Clarksburg Hospital and STAR USA Federal Credit Union. Additionally, he is a board member of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, as well as Wheeling Jesuit University. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the school of business at the University of Charleston.
Dissen is also a past president of the Catholic Business Network in Charleston, former chairman of Inroads West Virginia. He served on former Gov. Gaston Caperton’s Blue Ribbon Personnel Commission and former Gov. Joe Manchin’s Industrial Council.
In looking back on his training and upbringing, Dissen states, “Looking back over one’s career sometimes you may ask yourself -- why? Other contemporaries, at your age, may choose to play golf or in most cases not get involved. But in my case, I think it was during my formative years at Wheeling College and the interaction I had with the Jesuits and their ’philosophy based upon academic excellence, service to others and educating the whole person‘ that obviously stuck an accord with me. Although I generally considered myself to be an ’average’ student, the education and experiences I had while at Wheeling College laid the foundation, and gave me the confidence that I could, with hard work, compete with anyone.
“I also never found it a burden to get involved, but saw it as a personal growth experience that allowed me to use my talents to help others,” he added. Luceat Lux Vestra!

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