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UC presents Mr. Terry Dotson 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.

Mr. Terry Dotson was one of the honored guests to receive the Leadership Award.

Dotson, originally from Grundy, Virginia, was raised in Pike County, Kentucky where he worked in his parents’ service station and grocery store. In 1972, as a recent graduate from Pikeville College with a degree in Music Education, Dotson began his career with Worldwide Equipment in Bluefield, WV as a management trainee in Parts and Service. Excelling in sales, he was quickly recognized as the Top Distributor Salesman for Mack’s Southern Region in 1975. Over the next several years, he rose through the ranks from Sales Manager, to Corporate Sales Manager, and then to Vice President, and finally to President and Chief Operating Officer in 1981. In 1989, Dotson established an ESOP to purchase the company from owners, and since has been Chairman, President and CEO of Worldwide Equipment Enterprises.

The company currently operates 35 locations across six states including full-service dealerships, parts-only stores, leasing offices, and custom fabrication and detail shops. Uniquely, Worldwide Equipment also operates in-house financing and leasing companies as well as private label aftermarket parts line.

In addition to his business pursuits, Dotson takes great pride in his civic leadership in the surrounding communities and in promoting participation and responsibility to others. Among the long list of boards and advisory committees in which he is involved are the University of Pikeville, Mountain Christian Academy, Christian Appalachian Project, Boy Scouts of America, Floyd County Board of Education, and the East TN Walking Horse Association.

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