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Former Montevallo president OK after hunting accident
By Jan Griffey (Contact) | Shelby County Reporter

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Former University of Montevallo President Dr. Robert M. McChesney is recovering after being accidentally shot while bird hunting in Shelby County last Thursday.

Neal Shirley, a friend of McChesney and a former member of the University of Montevallo's board of trustees, said, "I talked to him yesterday, and he's doing fine. He's quite embarrassed, but he's fine."

McChesney was hit by the shotgun blast on his left side, Shirley said, and suffered wounds to his left arm, shoulder and side, where a number of pellets remain in his body. He is not hospitalized and has resumed his normal activities, Shirley said.

"It's pretty painful, and there is still a lot of birdshot in his body, and many will stay there," he said.

McChesney was unreachable for comment on Wednesday afternoon.

McChesney was president of the University of Montevallo from July 1992 until his retirement in the fall of 2006. He is an avid bird hunter.

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