Charles G. Snavely was appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin as Secretary of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in December 2015. Mr. Snavely is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a B.S. in Mining Engineering and has recently completed the Executive MBA Program through a joint program of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.
Mr. Snavely retired from the mining industry after more than 35 years, having served as a mine engineer and later president of several large coal companies in southeast Kentucky. He most recently was Executive Vice President of Operations for International Coal Group and President of Eastern Operations for Arch Coal, Inc.
He is past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Coal Association. He has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Virginia Tech Department of Mining Engineering.