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UC presents Dr. Monroe E. Trout with Leadership Award


Williamsburg, KY.,- On April 1, University of the Cumberlands (UC) and the Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership presented “Logical Leadership” with keynote speaker, Dr. Ben Carson, Sr. M.D.. Several thousand people attended the event to hear the emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics give his inspiring testimony.

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 seven 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.

Dr. Monroe E. Trout was one of the honored guests to receive the Leadership Award.

As a child, Monroe Trout was a middle child with 14 brothers and sisters growing up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania during the Great Depression. “I remember very vividly when I was five years old standing in line to get enough cornmeal to make mush.” He credits his success to the influence of his Latin teacher, math teacher, English teacher and gym teacher who set examples for him of a service-centered life. Trout was the first in his family to graduate from high school and the first to attend college. Dr. Trout earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953 from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1957 he was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and began his residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. After several years of successful medical practice, he entered the Dickinson School of Law where he received his J.D. in 1969. Throughout his career, Dr. Trout has faithfully served his country. From 1956 until 1961, he was on active duty in the Navy. From 1958 through 1959 he served as Regimental Surgeon-3rd Marines. In 1961 he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander with the U.S. Navy Reserve and remained at that rank until he was discharged in 1970.

In addition to his stellar career, Dr. Trout and his wife, Sandra, have provided gifts that have made and continue to make significant impact. They have funded scholarships at Morehouse School of Medicine, Broomfield College, Dickinson School of Law, University of California, and University of the Cumberlands; Endowed Chair in Pharmacology and Endowed Chair in Surgery at University of California, San Diego; AmHS Cares Award given annually to the best indigent medical care program in the U.S.; Horatio Alger Scholarships; and the endowment for Mountain Outreach at University of the Cumberlands.

Dr. Trout notes, “There is no shame in being poor. There is shame, however, in being rich and not trying to help your fellow man and make this world a better place to live in.”

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