The Tennessee Valley Authority has appointed James R. “Bob” Dalrymple senior vice president of coal and gas operations.

President Obama recently nominated William Ira Althen to join the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, a panel that oversees mine safety enforcement. Althen started a consulting company, William I. Althen, which specializes in legal issues dealing with worker health and safety. He also served as an attorney with labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins. If confirmed, Althen would replace Michael Duffy and serve a six-year term.

Ralph Burton Harry, retired senior vice president and treasurer of the former National Coal Association, passed away May 12. After serving in the U.S. Navy and working for Rep. Burr P. Harrison of Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, Harry joined the National Coal Association, which represented the nation’s coal producing companies and allied organizations. Over his 36 years with the association, Harry rose from administrative assistant to secretary and treasurer to president of finance. He retired in 1992 as senior vice president and treasurer. He also served as a corporate officer of affiliated associations for coal research and exports. During his career, Harry was active in the National Trade Association education and management programs, completing requirements for Certified Association Executive status conferred by the American Society of Association Executives.

River Consulting has appointed Mark Collett director of mining and minerals. He will be based out of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Babcock International has appointed Robert Whetstone head of operations for mining and construction in North America.

Former New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson (R) has been appointed president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Wilson succeeds the late Robert Wharton, who died in September. She will begin her duties on the Rapid City campus in mid-June, and will become the first female president in the school’s 128-year history.

Richard Bishop, who earned his bachelor’s in mining engineering at Virginia Tech in 2002, recently received Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for 2013.

Modular Mining Systems has appointed Greg Lanz general manager, North America.

Hardide Coatings has appointed Dan Wilson North American business development manager.

GeoProMining has appointed Alexander Kopyakov CEO of Sarylakh-Surma and Zvezda, Yakutia-based assets of GeoProMining Group.

Guardvant, Inc. has appointed John Capehart vice president of global business development.

Atlas Copco Construction Mining Technique USA’s Rock Drilling Tools business line has appointed Peter Redaelli product manager.