Prof. honored for 32 years of service
James Hull retired as a professor in 2008 after 32 years at Towson University, but even today he is still engaged in the community.
On Friday, the Alumni Association recognized him for his years of service.
Hull said that the award was unexpected “I was quite surprised… I had no inkling that it was coming.”
As the director of the Glen Arboretum, Hull is charged with overseeing the Glen Woods, which occupy about 12 acres of land on campus.
For Hull, “The Glen” is an opportunity to fuel his passion for plant ecology and work with others who share his interest.
“I can’t do my work without the help of a whole lot of other people,” he said.
Hull is working to incorporate all of the 120 trees native to Maryland and as many shrubs as possible into the arboretum.
Just this past week he was collecting acorns from tree species that are not yet included in the glen woods.
Hull was quick to point out that his success with the glen is due largely to the efforts of Towson students.
“I’ve had a number of different students throughout the years that have helped me plant trees and shrubs,” he said, adding that his primary job is to coordinate the logistics and allow students to get hands-on experience.
Hull said that at the end of the day, being told he would be receiving an award was a humbling experience for him.
“I wouldn’t be receiving a reward if it weren’t for the efforts of the students.”