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Cumberlands hosts East Kentucky Presidents meeting


The East Kentucky Presidents’ Collaborative met at University of the Cumberlands on March 23. Pictured are: (left of table) Dr. Ron Daley, Dr. Paul Chewning, Dr. Bob Shadur, Dr. Hal Smith and Mr. Lonnie Lawson; (center & right of table) Dr. Jim Taylor, Dr. Gary Cox, Dr. Wayne Andrews and Dr. Doug Whitlock.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands hosted a meeting of the East Kentucky Presidents’ Collaborative at the Hutton School of Business on March 23.

This was the third meeting of the Collaborative. The focus of this meeting was to develop an action plan that would maximize the collective strengths of each institution to address future challenges and opportunities. Previous meetings were held at Morehead State University and Eastern Kentucky University.

Dr. Jim Taylor said, “We are delighted to have the presidents of our fellow schools on campus to discuss ways that we can seek to fulfill our individual and collective objectives to better serve our students and the region.”

Presidents in attendance were: Dr. Doug Whitlock, Eastern Kentucky University; Dr. Wayne Andrews, Morehead State University; Dr. Ed DeRossett, Union College; Dr. James Taylor, University of the Cumberlands; Dr. Ed Story, Maysville Community & Technical College; Mr. Lonnie Lawson, Center for Rural Development; Dr. Paul Chewning, Appalachian College Association; and Dr. Gary Cox, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges & Universities. Also in attendance were representatives from Campbellsville University, Pikeville College, Ashland Community College, Hazard Community & Technical College, University Center of the Mountains and the Department for Local Government.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study; 30 minors; nine pre-professional programs; graduate degrees, including a doctorate and certifications in education; an MBA; and online programs.