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NKU’s Lewatis McNeal named newest member of Kentucky Humanities Council board of directors


Dr. Lewatis D. McNeal has been elected to serve on the Kentucky Humanities board of directors.

During his term on the 23-person volunteer board, McNeal will help set council policies, award project grants to community organizations, and participate in fundraising to help the council meet the growing demand for its programs. Based in Lexington, Kentucky Humanities and its community partners across the Commonwealth invest more than $1 million annually in support of public humanities programs throughout Kentucky.

Dr. Lewatis D. McNeal (Photo from NKU)

McNeal is the Assistant Dean of Administration, Inclusive Excellence and Special Projects/Clinical Associate Professor of Public Health at Northern Kentucky University. He joined the NKU faculty in 2017, after working for five years as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Owensboro Community and Technical College. McNeal also held positions at Western Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky/Trover Health System, and Mississippi State University.

Dr. McNeal earned a bachelor of science degree in nutrition/dietetics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2002, a master of public health from Western Kentucky University in 2005, and a Ph.D. in public health sciences from the University of Louisville in 2016.

Active in his local and collegiate communities, McNeal has held leadership positions with the H.L. Neblett Community Center; the Daviess County Public Library; the Race, Community and Child Welfare Advisory Board; Daviess County Rotary; Kentucky Youth Advocates; Nursing Admissions Committee; the Campus Inclusion Team; the Owensboro Area World Affairs Council; among many other organizations.

Kentucky Humanities is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is not a state agency but is a proud partner with the state’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. For information about Kentucky Humanities’ programs and services, visit kyhumanities.org.

From Kentucky Humanities


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