Dr. Bill Reger-Nash (right) speaks with former co-worker, Judy Sedgeman, during a reception Thursday in his honor at the WVU Health Sciences Center. Bob Gay/ The Dominion Post


‘I am dually humbled and really honored’



    Dr. Bill Reger-Nash, professor in WVU’s emerging School of Public Health, was overjoyed by the dozens of colleagues, students and friends who attended his retirement reception Thursday at the WVU Health Sciences Center.

    “This is a very bittersweet occasion,” Reger-Nash said. “I am dually humbled and really honored by the expressions of kindness and love people shared here today.”

    Reger-Nash received his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from WVU in 1984 and returned as a faculty member in 1991.

    Regarded for his work with the Bayer Community Wellness Program, the West Virginia legislature and Wheeling Walks, a nationally recognized community campaign using paid media to encourage walking, Reger-Nash has been far more than just another teacher, colleagues said.

    “Dr. Reger-Nash is an extremely good teacher and a tremendous supporter of undergraduate stu- dents,” said Dr. Ruth Kershner, professor in the emerging School of Public Health.

    Several students were in attendance, testifying to Reger-Nash’s impact on their academic experiences.

    Bambi Bevill, who is graduating with her master’s in public health this weekend, said Reger-Nash is the reason she studied public health.

    “I came to WVU in 2009 and I knew I wanted to be some kind of community medicine person. Then, I was introduced to Dr. Reger-Nash and I knew I wanted to be like him when I grew up and I still do,” Bevill said.

    Though there were some tears, Reger-Nash, who was awarded emeritus status in the school, said he intends to stay connected to his students.

    “My relationships with my students has been part of who I am, and that will continue in my retirement.”

    Dr. Alan Ductaman, dean of the School of Public Health said he hates that Reger-Nash is leaving and that he is the kind of faculty member who can’t be replaced.

    “Very few good things have happened here that Bill wasn’t a part of. Some shoes ... you just can’t fill.”