Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

On Feb. 18, WCU lost an outstanding member of the community.  Al “Skip” Plant, an Information Services Support Specialist and graduate of WCU, passed away at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Plant grew up in Coatesville and graduated from WCU in 2001 with a degree in earth and space sciences.  He was also an intern for the Academic Computing Department from April of 1999 to July 2005, when he was hired as a full-time technical advisor for the ResNet Department.  After spending three years working for Resnet, Plant became a Tech Fee Support Specialist in the Information Services Department.

In Plant’s personal profile for the Information Services department, he responded to the question, “What do you like most about your job?” by saying, “Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and keeping up with all these new innovations is very exciting.  I have the privilege to work with some very tech-savvy co-workers which makes coming into work each day something to look forward to.  The overall atmosphere of the university community is why I choose to work here.  It can’t be beat!”

Donna L. Beckett, Executive Associate in the Office of the Vice President of Information Services, and Teresa Hudson, Tech Fee Project Coordinator for Academic Computing Services, both worked with Plant and became very close co-workers and friends of his.

“It was his dream to work here.  He always wanted to work here since he was an intern and he loved his job,” Beckett said.

“Al made me laugh every day.  He had a great attitude and helped anyone who needed it,” Hudson said. “He understood how to put the human side into technology and would give you the shirt off his back.  He geared the services toward the students and put his heart and soul into it.”

Both of Plant’s co-workers said that he will be deeply missed by all of those who knew him.

Plant is survived by his wife, Alison L. Konchek Plant, with whom he shared 12 years of marriage; his two children, Coulson P. Plant and Julianna L. Plant; his brother, George Plant of Pottstown; his uncle, Tom Coulson of Malvern, and his nieces and nephews.  Online condolences can be posted at

Christopher Cox is a third-year student majoring in English and minoring in journalism. He can be reached at CC

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