David Day, brings experience as a teacher, supervisor, and manager of large and small-scale landscaping projects to his position as director of horticulture, landscaping and turf management.
Day said, “Several years ago, I wrote down the things I was looking for in an ideal job. I wrote that I wanted to work at a place that had a noble mission where I could make a positive impact in people’s lives. When I learned of this position at Williamson, I realized that it was a good match for me. Sometimes it seems as if there is a divine hand in one’s life that makes sure you end up doing what you were meant to do.
“I had mentors along the way who helped me and I hope to be able to mentor the students and help them become successful. What is most important in life are family, friends, and coworkers.”
He began his career as caretaker of an estate in Great Barrington, Maine, and then worked as a residential construction foreman for Comar, Inc., in Ambler, Pa., as a landscape construction foreman for Heyser Landscaping, Inc., in Norristown, Pa., and as a supervisor for the Brickman Group, Ltd., in Cranbury Branch, N.J.
He then became a landscape construction foreman for Scott’s Landscaping, Inc. in State College, Pa. In this position, he managed numerous complex landscape projects for Penn State University, including the H.O. Smith Botanical Gardens, Curtin Road Transit Center, Student Health Center, Smeal College of Business, Pollock Road Improvements, and Breazeale Nuclear Research Facility.
He most recently was head groundskeeper at the Frederick Living Continuing Care Retirement Community in Frederick, Pa.
Day taught multiple horticulture courses as an assistant instructor, teaching assistant, and lab assistant at Penn State University.
He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in horticulture at Penn State.
He grew up in Fox Chase in the Northeast of Philadelphia.