September 26, 2014
Wesleyan Professors Recognized at the Learning Trail
Recently, West Virginia Wesleyan College and the City of Buckhannon dedicated the Learning Trail at the Poundstone River Walk Trail to honor former Mayor and Wesleyan business professor Tony Gum. During the ceremony, the pedestrian bridge was dedicated as the Tony Gum Bridge. Among the special thanks and recognition for the completion of this project were Barry Pritts, vice president for administration and finance; Kathy Gregg, Wesleyan professor of biology, emeritus; and Laura Price ’14, a Wesleyan intern who drafted language for signs identifying flora (not in attendance).
“I’m so excited about the new Nature Park and Learning Trail because there will be opportunities for enjoyment of nature and nature education for families, kindergarteners, elementary school students, middle schoolers, and others,” said Dr. Gregg. “Folks of all ages can come learn to identify plants and discover all sorts of information about them: where they’re found, how they provide food and shelter to wildlife, and their present and past uses as an important part of our Appalachian culture.” Dr. Gregg was solicited as the primary botanical consultant, and later planter.
Gum was a professor at Wesleyan for more than 37 years, having served as chair of the Business and Economics Department. Gum was elected to Buckhannon’s City Council and was elected Mayor, serving in that capacity for nine years.
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