Walt Bonvell, Xavier University’s grounds foreman, has achieved Certified Grounds Manager certification after almost a year of effort. The program, developed and offered by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) is the premiere program of its type in the Green Industry. The PGMS is a society of grounds professionals advancing the profession through education and professional development.
“It takes a skilled professional to be able to complete this designation,” says Monica Higgins, CGM Committee Chair, “and Walt has the right to be proud of this accomplishment.”
A candidate for CGM must meet minimum criteria of education and experience and pass an examination which covers a core of basic principles of grounds management and also a take home portion covering practical experience on the work site.
Xavier received the national 2006 Grand Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society as number 1 in the country for urban university landscaping.