Bob Cooper, physical plant manager for West Virginia University at Parkersburg, was recognized as an Outstanding Contributor to Community College Education. Cooper received the award during the 2013 join annual conference of the West Virginia Community College Association and the West Virginia Association for Development Education held Oct. 23 – 25 at Bridgeport Conference Center.
Cooper has worked at WVU Parkersburg to maintain and improve its facilities and grounds since November 2000. In his role, he manages all custodial and maintenance services. He also oversees the college’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning, electrical work, plumbing, and elevator and fire alarm systems.
Over the years, he has transformed outdated spaces around campus into functional and aesthetically pleasing areas. In addition, he established a preventative maintenance schedule for the college’s air handling unit to improve the air quality for the campus community. Highly regarded by his peers, Cooper has been elected as employee of the month multiple times and has also been selected as employee of the year.
In her letter of nomination, President Marie Foster Gnage wrote, “Knowing that efficiency is key when it comes to running a smooth operation, Bob always ensures projects are completed on time, on budget and in a high-quality manner. On top of his many attributes, perhaps most noteworthy is Bob’s creative side. He has used his woodworking skills to build several custom pieces for college use, including cabinets and curios to display art pieces and exhibits.”