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For nearly two and a half decades, Cecil James (Jim) Bumgarner Jr. helped Central’s aviation students to learn and appreciate the mechanical aspects of flying. He has retired as professor emeritus of power and transportation after 24 years of service.
Bumgarner came to work at Central in 1970 as an assistant professor, and throughout his tenure was responsible for teaching courses in aircraft frame and power plant license and aircraft inspection authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration. He is also a designated aircraft mechanic for the National Guard from 1956 to 1966 as an aircraft fixed base operator form 1966 to 1970.
In addition to his work at the university, Bumgarner belonged to several professional associations including the Civil Air Patrol, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Antique Aircraft Association.
His non-teaching assignments included sponsor of the university’s national flight team, sponsor of Alpha Eta Rho, student employee supervisor, and membership in various departments and college committees.
Bumgarner and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children, Mark, Lyn and Lea.