Mines alumnus Tim Haddon ’70 was more than pleasantly surprised to receive some unexpected news earlier this winter when Alacer Gold Corp. announced that it had established an endowed faculty chair in mining engineering in his honor.
“I was absolutely blown away at the magnitude and significance of Alacer’s establishment of this position at Mines,” said Haddon. “I felt truly humbled, and at the same time excited, about what this means for the Department of Mining Engineering at a time when departments around the world are struggling to attract qualified faculty.”
The Timothy J. Haddon/Alacer Gold Chair in Mining Engineering is the first ever named faculty position in Mines’ original academic department, and a search to fill the position is now under way.
Haddon served on the Alacer Gold Corp. Board of Directors as chairman of the board, and as a nonexecutive director of the corporation. “When I joined Alacer’s board in 1997, we were a small entrepreneurial exploration company that had just gone public, and it was an exciting and challenging time,” said Haddon. “We worked with partners at home and abroad to raise funds and build a team capable of taking on base and precious metals projects in remote regions of Turkey. Our success in bringing the Copler Gold Mine into production was extremely rewarding, also being part of a team that created new value and jobs in a poor region of the country.”
After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from Mines in 1970, Tim embarked upon a successful career in mining and mineral development. He is president and CEO of International Natural Resource Management Company, chairman of Thompson Creek Metals Company and a director of International Tower Hill Mines. With more than 35 years of experience in mining and mineral development and broad industry recognition, Tim recognizes the significance of named faculty positions for the university.
“The significance of this chair for Mines cannot be overstated,” he said, “and the funds made available with this new position are sure to help enhance the school’s reputation as one of the world’s leading educational institutions graduating skilled mining engineers.”
Tim currently serves on the Mines Board of Trustees and on the Mining Department Visiting Committee. He is also an honorary member of the CSM Foundation Board of Governors and currently co-chairs the $350 million Transforming Lives campaign. Mines awarded him the Distinguished Achievement Medal in 1993 for his professional accomplishments.
“Alacer’s naming of this position for one of our most dedicated alumni is a fitting honor for all that Tim has done and continues to do for this institution,” said President Bill Scoggins.