Concord Charlie Predicts Six More Weeks Of Winter

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 02 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         



West Virginia Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin

Serves as Grand Groundhog Watcher at Annual Concord University Breakfast


ATHENS, W.Va. – It’s official! Concord Charlie saw his shadow and has predicted six more weeks of winter.

Concord University President Kendra Boggess relayed the famed groundhog’s weather forecast to guests gathered for the 38th Annual Concord University Groundhog Day Breakfast held today (Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016) in University Point’s Pais Fellowship Hall on the Athens campus.

During a cell phone call from Charlie at the breakfast, Boggess learned that the furry prognosticator did indeed see his shadow.

“It looks like six more weeks of winter,” she said sharing Charlie’s prediction with the audience.

According to Groundhog Day tradition, if the groundhog sees his shadow the morning of Feb. 2, six more weeks of winter can be expected. An early spring will be on the way if he doesn’t see his shadow. 

Concord Charlie has been the official predictor of the coming of spring for 38 years on Groundhog Day at “The Campus Beautiful.” 

The Concord Charlie tradition was originated in 1978 by the late Professor R.T. “Tom” Hill. As chairman of both the geography department and the Appalachian Studies program at Concord, Hill started the Groundhog Day Breakfast as a means to celebrate a bit of Appalachian heritage and highlight the program.

Charlie shared the spotlight at the breakfast with the 2016 Grand Groundhog Watcher, West Virginia Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin. The Grand Groundhog Watcher honor is bestowed on an individual who has positively impacted life and culture in West Virginia.

Goodwin spoke about the positive impact the travel and tourism industry has on West Virginia’s economy.

“We’re the fun people, but we’re the money people,” she said. “We bring in the business.”

Goodwin was appointed to her current post in June 2014. Highlights of her work in the position include launching #GoToWV, which now spans across multiple social media platforms and has generated hundreds of thousands of new followers each month. She also unveiled Wild, Wonderful West Virginia’s “Real.” campaign, which is aimed at promoting the real stories and real life experiences of people living in or just passing through the Mountain State.

“Travel is about experiences,” she said. “We have something unique, different and ‘Real.’”



Concord University President Kendra Boggess receives a phone call

 from Concord Charlie with his weather prediction.


The 2016 Grand Groundhog Watcher, West Virginia Deputy Secretary of Commerce

and Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin, right, receives her official certificate

 from Alicia Besenyei, Concord University Vice President for Advancement.


Concord University Photos by Lance McDaniel




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