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March 20, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU graduate heads West Virginia Land Trust

ROANOKE, Va. ­– David Perry, a 2006 Slippery Rock University master of science in park resource management graduate, has been named executive director of the Western Virginia Land Trust.

The Western Virginia Land Trust is a nationally accredited, 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Roanoke. Its mission is “promoting the conservation of western Virginia’s natural resources — farms, forests, waterways and rural landscapes.” Since its founding in 1996, the land trust has helped conserve more than 86,000 acres of land in the Roanoke region.


“The board of trustees is quite confident in David’s abilities,” Sandy Light, trust president, told WSLS-10, TV news. “He’ll provide a seamless transition for us and be able to move the organization forward as well.”


“Western Virginia is blessed with incredible resources and natural beauty that our children’s children should enjoy as we do today. I’m looking forward to meeting the challenge of conserving our special places,” Perry said.


A Blacksburg native, Perry joined the land trust in 2006 as project manager. He was named assistant director last year and most recently has served as interim director.


In addition to his SRU degree, Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in geography at James Madison University.  


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