Patriot Coal Corp. announced Gerald R. Swanson Jr. has been promoted to vice president of engineering.

Great Plains Energy announced Bill Downey will step down as president and COO. He will become executive vice chairman during his transition to his retirement. The company has appointed Terry Bassham, current executive vice president of utility operations, to succeed Downey.

Dahlman Rose & Co. has appointed Edwin Chapman Jr. vice president of investment banking and William Hunter managing director of investment banking.

Skelly and Loy recently named Kimberly Britton a CAD Specialist.

The University of Utah announced Thomas A. Hethmon has been chosen as the Western Mining Presidential Endowed Chair in Mine Safety. Hethmon is the first to occupy the chair, and was chosen because of his education, experience in safety and industrial hygiene, teaching and research history, and industry leadership. He will join the faculty of the University’s Mining Engineering Department, in the College of Mines and Earth Sciences.

Paul S. Barbery, of Bluefield, Va., who earned his bachelor’s degree in mining and minerals engineering from Virginia Tech in 1959, is a 2011 inductee into Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence, joining an elite group of 105 individuals out of more than 55,000 living engineering alumni.

Siemens Industry, Inc. has appointed Doug Keith president of its Drive Technologies Division. He succeeds Anne Cooney, who has been appointed COO of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

Fairchild International has appointed Walden Hatfield regional sales manager of the company’s recently established Kentucky division.

United Central Industrial Supply recently announced several promotions and additions. Henry E. Looney has been promoted to senior vice president; Lois A. Clarke has been promoted to president; Barbara Bjerke has been promoted to CFO; Steven Layfield has been promoted to senior vice president of operations; and Martha McGlothlin Gayle has been promoted to senior vice president of public relations. J. Thomas Fowlkes has been appointed general counsel and Christopher P. McClendon has been appointed vice president of materials management.