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10-23-2009


University of the Cumberlands Dedicates the Forcht Medical Wing

 


Corbin business leaders and philanthropists Terry and Marion Forcht tour the Physician Assistant Procedures Laboratory, one of several learning labs and classrooms in the new Forcht Medical Studies Wing of University of the Cumberlands’ new science complex.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — University of the Cumberlands, on October 15, dedicated the Terry and Marion Forcht Medical Wing of the new science complex. The Forcht Wing is the home of the new Master of Physician Assistant Studies and the Master of Professional Counseling programs. The wing will also house programs to prepare future medical and health professionals, including the many physicians, dentists, pharmacists, psychiatrists, veterinarians and others who achieve their pre-professional education at Cumberlands.

The Forcht Medical Studies Wing is named in honor of Terry and Marion Forcht, prominent Corbin business leaders and philanthropists who made the facility possible. The approximately 16,000-square-foot wing of the newly renovated building includes several laboratories and classrooms, as well as departmental offices and offices for the physicians, other medical professionals and professors who will teach there.

The dedication ceremony began in the Gatliff Chapel, where Dr. Jim Taylor, president; Dr. Larry Cockrum, dean; Sonia Young, associate director of the Physician Assistant Program; and Kyle Gilbert, vice president of operations, expressed the gratitude of the UC community for the Forchts’ generosity. Gilbert acknowledged Brian Early, principal architect, and David Jackson, contractor of the building. Mr. and Mrs. Forcht, their friends and family members, members of Cumberlands Board of Trustees and faculty and staff members then walked across the street to the new facility. There, Amanda Campbell, a sophomore from Williamsburg, provided a beautiful, a’ cappella rendition of “Standing on Holy Ground,” and Cockrum led the litany of dedication, to, “. . . the glory of God and to the benefit and health of all humankind.” Following the benediction by Dr. Tony Hancock, a university trustee and pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Lexington, attendees toured the sate-of-the-art facility.

Mr. Forcht is the founder, owner and CEO of Forcht Group of Kentucky, a corporation comprised of 95 separate companies, including Forcht Bank NA. The Forcht Group employs more than 2,100 people and possesses assets of more than 1 billion dollars, making it one of the top ten bank holding companies in Kentucky. The corporation also sponsors the Forcht Group of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Leadership at the university, which each year brings a speaker of national prominence to the campus to address the campus and wider community on a particular aspect of leadership. Mrs. Forcht is the owner and president of Forcht Insurance Agency, Inc., with offices in Corbin, Williamsburg and Lexington. Both Mr. and Mrs. Forcht hold and have held leadership positions in community, civic and charitable organizations, and both have received numerous awards and recognitions for their leadership and their contribution to the betterment and benefit of the entire region.