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People in the News: University Press adds new director; Pitt named EKU human resources officer


The University Press of Kentucky welcomed Leila Salisbury as its new press director, becoming only the fourth in the press’s sixty-eight year history.

Salisbury comes to UPK from the University Press of Mississippi, where she has served as director since 2008.

While at UPM, Salisbury was responsible for strategic planning and the management of a $2.7 million scholarly publishing operation and a $3.8 million endowment. She also has been very involved with the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), an organization of nonprofit publishers whose members strive to advance scholarship through their publications.

Leila Salisbury

Leila Salisbury

A former member of the association’s national board of directors, she has also previously chaired and participated in a number of panels and workshops at both national and regional levels and served as the chair of the AAUP marketing committee.

She grew up in Lexington and began her career in publishing as a student assistant at UPK when she was an undergraduate. She began working for the press full time in 1994 as the assistant to the director. After receiving an M.A. in English from the University of Kentucky in 1997, Salisbury moved to the marketing department, eventually becoming the department director as well as an acquisitions editor before leaving for UPM in 2008.

“This is an exciting time to work at the University Press of Kentucky. Leila is an exceptional leader who possesses a rare combination of institutional knowledge and outside expertise,” said Amy Harris, UPK’s director of marketing and sales. “I anticipate that the press will reach new heights under her direction.”

“I look forward to Leila bringing her national academic publishing experience back to Kentucky,” said Terry Birdwhistell, dean of UK Libraries, which oversees UPK. Salisbury brings particular expertise to the position through her work with the Charleston Library Conference, where she has served as a speaker, panelist, and plenary session moderator. “I’m particularly eager to explore partnerships with the UK Libraries,” said Salisbury. “Engaging with exciting new research and fields of study from flagship programs at UK and our other state universities will be an important part of the Press’s work moving forward.”

Salisbury is looking forward to bringing this experience back to UPK. “At the core, my mission is to be a useful connector of people, programs, and institutions,” she said. “Kentucky has a wonderfully rich history and culture, and the possibilities for telling the state’s story and working in concert with cultural institutions and university programs seem endless.”

Pitt named EKU human resources officer

Sarah Pitt, who has more than 20 years of experience as a human resources leader, has been named chief human resources officer at Eastern Kentucky University.

Sarah Pitt

Sarah Pitt

Pitt, of Lexington, has held senior positions in a national governmental nonprofit, health care and corporate management companies, and spent nine years in HR roles at the University of Kentucky.

Her experience includes eight years as corporate HR director for The Forcht Group of Kentucky and eight years as human resources director and deputy director with The Council of State Governments. Most recently, she served as corporate human resources director for Exceptional Living Centers, a large healthcare management company covering five states.

Pitt earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky, and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification as well as certifications as a leadership coach and holistic life coach. She has also been active in the Bluegrass Society for Human Resource Management and the National Society for Human Resource Management, holding board positions.

Her community activities include service with United Way, Red Cross, Susan G. Komen and Humane Society.

Georgetown physician publishes book

In “Discovering Your Own Doctor Within,” Dr. Amy E. Coleman, who practices in Georgetown, Ky., shares a collection of true patient encounters over a 3-year time span that uncovers and reflects the sacred relationship between patient and physician.

Coleman says doctors are often encouraged to see more patients an hour than is healthy for either the doctor or the patient. What is missed is the true story behind the symptoms, which, if given time to surface in an environment of trust, can save thousands of dollars on unnecessary labs and imaging.

“We as physicians must see the patient across from us as our own selves, and the heart-filled compassion that develops from that is a force all its own,” Coleman said. “From this place, something happens to both the doctor and patient that is transformative and transcendent.”

Coleman says that patients will have much more success in finding their truest form of wellness when they follow their intuition and invest in a doctor that allows their best self to come forward, not just the doctor assigned to them under their insurance umbrella coverage for primary care.

“There truly can be a perfect relationship, based on love and compassion, all within the imperfect world that we all live,” Coleman said. “These connections made in a clinic setting can often be just the ‘medicine’ needed.”

UK College of Nursing Cardiovascular Researcher enters Hall of Fame

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), has inducted Terry Lennie, a professor and the associate dean of graduate faculty affairs in the UK College of Nursing, into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

The induction took place at STTI’s 27th International Nursing Research Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, July 21-25. On July 23, Lennie was among researchers representing Canada, England, Lebanon, South Africa, Taiwan and the United States presented with the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame award.

Terry Lennie

Terry Lennie

Lennie’s research focuses on the development of interventions to promote self-management of prevention and treatment for cardiovascular disease, with a particular interest in optimizing nutritional intake. His lines of research include determining the psychological, social, biological and environmental factors that influence food choice; identifying the ideal diet for patients with heart failure; and helping people use new technology to increase their ability to self-manage cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment.

Lennie received a doctorate in nursing and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in neurobehavior at the University of Michigan. Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky, he served as an associate professor of nursing at the Ohio State University. He currently co-directs the Research and Interventions for Cardiovascular Health (RICH) Heart Program.

The International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame was created in 2010 to recognize nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves.

The honorees’ research projects will be shared through STTI’s Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository, enabling nurses everywhere to benefit from their discoveries and insights. The award presentation is sponsored by Wiley, a global provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education and professional practice.

Staff report


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