Bob Baughman, Hocking College graduate and former Hocking College instructor, has been a proud Athens County resident since the early 70s. Baughman stayed in the Athens County after attending Hocking College earning a degree in forestry.
Baughman was recently featured on AthensOhioToday.com where he talked about the many roles he has played in Athens County. He started out working in woods operations for a logging company for about 10 years. Baughman taught in the forestry program at the vocational school at Rio Grande for four years, and then taught at Hocking College for a few years. After teaching at Hocking College, Baughman went to forest service and worked for them in their research group. He also managed a tree farm for a few years and then worked for the City of Nelsonville. Baughman also worked as a police dispatcher then went to the water plant, the sewer plan, and then continued back into water.
In spite of Baughman's busy career life, he spends his free time with the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. He has been on the board of the Scenic Railway for about 20 years and spends time there with his son, Rob, who is the vice president of mechanical operations for the railroad.
Throughout all of Baughman's hard work in Athens Country, he is proud to say, "I am Athens County." He now works for Trimble Twp. Wastewater in Jacksonville and Glouster. Baughman likes that Athens is a bit slower paced then most places around the world. In the future, he would like to see a hotel in the Nelsonville area, as well as more small businesses.