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Mine Safety and Health Administration
Contact: Amy Louviere
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Released Thursday, June 27, 2002

News Release

Three Appointed To MSHA Senior Management Positions

ARLINGTON, Va. - John R. Correll will fill the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary Operations in the Mine Safety and Health Administration, effective July 22, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Dave D. Lauriski announced. He replaces Robert A. Elam, who retired earlier this year.

"John Correll comes to MSHA after a long and distinguished career spanning both the metal/non-metal and coal mining sectors," Lauriski said. "We look forward to the benefit of his wisdom and guidance as we carry out our efforts toward improved health and safety performance in our Nation's mines and for our Nation's miners."

Since 1991 Correll has been the Director of Safety for Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc., an international mining company with a large presence in the iron range of Minnesota. His experience includes 11 years with the former AMAX Coal Industries as Director of Safety & Workers Compensation in Indianapolis and 5 years with Peabody Coal Company as Arizona Division Manager of Safety. He holds a B.S. degree in Safety and Environmental Management from Indiana State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Indianapolis, and certifications from the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals as a Certified Mine Safety Professional and from the World Safety Organization as a Certified Safety Executive.

Lauriski also recently announced appointments of two administrators. Robert Friend, formerly Deputy Administrator for Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health, has assumed the role of Administrator for Metal and Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health. Ray McKinney, currently MSHA's District 5 Manager (Norton, Va.), becomes Administrator for Coal Mine Safety and Health.

Robert Friend joined the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) in 1978 as a metal and nonmetal mine inspector in Lexington, Ky. He has served as Assistant District Manager for the agency's Southeastern District, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., and as District Manager for the Rocky Mountain District in Denver.

Ray McKinney began his Federal career in 1976 as a coal mine inspector in the Whitesburg, Ky., office of the predecessor agency of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration. He has served as the District Manager in Norton, Va. since 1994. During his tenure with MSHA, McKinney has directed and participated in several rescue and recovery operations. He received the Department of Labor Valor Award for the safe rescue of a trapped miner at Scotia Coal Company's Upper Taggart Mine in 1979. He is a graduate of Southeast Community College, an extension of the University of Kentucky located in Cumberland, Ky.

Both Friend and McKinney are certified mine safety professionals recognized by the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals.