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Mayor signs proclamation declaring National Physician Assistants Week with UC students


Williamsburg, KY., - Held every year from October 6-12, National Physician Assistants (PA) Week is a celebration of the PA profession. University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) PA students joined Williamsburg Mayor and UC alum, Roddy Harrison, at city hall on October 10th to witness his support and gratitude for the program as he signed the proclamation declaring National Physician Assistant Week.

“We just want to simply thank the University of the Cumberlands’ PA students for what they are doing,” said Harrison. “They work hard to complete the classes necessary for the certification and I hope they know that we are behind them. I want to offer all my support to these students because they are the ones who will be taking care of us in the near future. I hope they remember Williamsburg and stay close to us.”

Physician Assistants are licensed and certified healthcare professionals who practice medicine with physician’s supervision and bring an extensive amount of knowledge and skills to patient care. PAs across the country use National PA week to help increase awareness of both the PA profession and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. It also serves as an opportunity for PAs to reach out to the community about health and preventive care.

“In honor of National Physician Assistants Week at UC, our students set up at the Alumni Picnic this year and we had a video on PA history that the students enjoyed as we gathered for a luncheon on campus,” explained UC’s Director of the Physician Assistants Program, Lesley Tipton.

Harrison feels that the PA program at UC is great for the city of Williamsburg as well as for the university. “The students at the University of the Cumberlands are wonderful and always have been,” said Harrison. “With such a prestigious program as this, Williamsburg and UC will attract and gain even more students which will be great. Healthcare is a good field because it gives back to our people and I think it is wonderful that these students are doing what they are doing.”

“I’d like to recognize and thank all of our healthcare professionals for taking care of the sick and helping our community in all that they do,” said University of the Cumberlands’ Assistant to the President, Brad Hall.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit