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Joseph Daniel Jones receives Leadership Award


Williamsburg, Ky. – World renowned columnist and political analyst Dr. Charles Krauthammer spoke to a crowded auditorium of over 3,000 University of the Cumberlands (UC) students, staff, and faculty, as well as friends from across the state of Kentucky, during the University’s annual Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership event on Tuesday, April 9th. Held in the O. Wayne Rollins Center, located on the UC campus, Krauthammer’s speech, “Ethical Leadership,” focused on the various ethical issues that the country is currently facing.

The Center, that sponsors internationally renowned speakers recognized for their character and leadership, provides a keynote speaker yearly at UC to help raise the visibility of the University’s values.

At this year’s program UC honored six individuals who have been instrumental in demonstrating an excellence to their community and nation and for serving as a role model to others by taking active steps to pursue noble goals and high ethical standards.

Joseph Daniel Jones was one of the honored guests to receive the Ethical Leadership Award.

Jones is the Executive Director of the Cumberland River Regional Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board, Inc., a non-profit agency that provides mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability services in eight counties in Southeastern Kentucky.

He is an advisory board member at the Appalachian Regional Hospital in Hazard, Ky., and served as Vice-President and Treasurer of the Kentucky Association of Regional Programs.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of the Cumberlands, and served four years on UC’s Alumni Board.

Jones is a Deacon and assistant treasurer at First Baptist Church in Corbin, Kentucky. He is married to Brenda Jones, retired librarian/media specialists, and they have two children as well as two grandchildren.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.