Three outstanding West Virginia University alumni will be recognized Saturday, Oct. 11, during halftime of the Homecoming football game between WVU and Syracuse.
Glenn Adrian, Jim Gardill and JamesJimHerndon will be honored for their exemplary demonstration of loyalty and commitment to the Alumni Association and the University.
These three outstanding alumni have been instrumental in the development, construction and opening of our new home for Mountaineers,said Stephen L. Douglas, president and chief executive officer of the Alumni Association.
With the grand opening of our new Erickson Alumni Center just a few weeks away, it is very fitting that we honor these gentlemen for the dedication and support they have shown to this project,Douglas added
Adrian is a business entrepreneur and 1983 graduate of the College of Business and Economics. Shortly after graduation, Adrian and his partner, Mark Nesselroad, formed Glenmark Associates Inc., and by 1995, they had built a dynamic regional health care company consisting of 25 long-term-care nursing centers, an institutional pharmacy, a medical supply division and a rehabilitation company.
Glenmark sold its health care assets to a nationally traded public company and formed Glenmark Holding, a real estate and development company. Glenmark Holding currently owns or has under development approximately 250,000 square feet of commercial property in Morgantown and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and also has been involved in more than $80 million in commercial development in West Virginia and surrounding areas.
Adrian and Nesselroad were recognized as Outstanding Young Entrepreneurs of the Year by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and twice they were finalists for the Ernst&Young Entrepreneurial Award. In 2001, Adrian was honored by the WVU College of Business and Economics.
Remaining active in many civic and community organizations in Morgantown, Adrian serves on the Monongalia General Hospital board of directors and has served more than 15 years as a director on the Monongalia General Hospital Foundation Board. He is a past president of the WVU Alumni Associations board of directors and chairs the New Home for Mountaineers building campaign.
Adrian and his wife, Susan, live in Morgantown. They have two sons: Ryan, a WVU graduate, and Patrick, a WVU student.
Gardill, who earned his law degree from WVU in 1973, is a partner in the law firm of Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser&Altmeyer, with offices in Wheeling. He has been associated with the firm for more than 30 years, specializing in commercial, tax and estate planning practice. He also remains active with the WVU College of Law as an adjunct lecturer.
Gardill serves as chairman of the board of directors of WesBanco Inc., a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wheeling. He is also a member of the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center Inc. board of directors, the Reynolds Memorial Foundation Inc. and the West Virginia Catholic Foundation.
The gold and blue run deep in the Gardill family. His wife, Linda, is a two-time WVU graduate, and his son, Chris, and daughter, Catherine, are both graduates of the College of Law. Gardills daughter, Rebecca, obtained her masters degree from the University. Collectively, the family has three undergraduate degrees and five graduate degrees from WVU .
The man behind the vision of the new Erickson Alumni Center, Herndon is a senior vice president for Clark Construction Group in Bethesda, Md.
Herndon served on the WVU Alumni Association board of directors for five years and continued a leadership role thereafter when asked to serve as chairman of the Alumni Center Building Committee. In this role, he was a liaison between the Alumni Association and March-Westin to ensure construction flowed smoothly on the new center.
A 1970 graduate of the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, Herndon served as president of Sigma Chi fraternity during his days in Morgantown. He is a member of Mountain Honorary, the Marmaduke Dent Society and the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Enterprise Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation board of directors.
He and his wife, Deborah, reside in Ashburn, Va. Their son, Andy, continues the family tradition as a student at WVU .