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Les Fugate named director of state and local government relations at Brown-Forman Corporation

Les Fugate has been named director of state and local government relations at Brown-Forman Corporation, effective Dec. 9. Fugate succeeds Rusty Cheuvront, who is retiring from Brown-Forman on Dec. 31. In this role, Fugate will establish and strengthen relationships with key industry and government officials and trade organizations in all 50 states. As part of the largest American-owned spirits company,...

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky selects Charles George as new executive director

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky (WSWK) have announced Charles George is its new executive director, putting his many years of policy experience to work in guiding the organization in Frankfort and beyond. The group also released the findings of an economic impact report on jobs, payroll, and tax revenue generated by the wholesale and retail tiers of Kentucky’s alcoholic beverage industry. Authored...

Centre College welcomes 370 students, the most diverse freshman class in the history of the campus

By Kerry Steinhofer Centre College Centre College has welcomed its most diverse class in history to campus. The Class of 2023 is comprised of 370 first-year students from across the globe. Besides 30 states, including Hawaii, 10 countries are represented, including Armenia, China, India, Japan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam. While international students make up seven...

Governor’s Scholars Program recognizes 1,024 high school students, representing 118 counties

The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program has recognized 1,024 outstanding Kentucky high school students, representing 118 counties, for completing the 37th Governor’s Scholars Summer Program. The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students focused on enhancing Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders through educational and...

Centre College ranked tenth in nation for student-staff interactions by Times Higher Education

Centre College has been recognized for their student-staff interactions recently by The World University Rankings. The College is tied for 10th in the nation among other top institutions, including Denison, Rollins, and Washington and Lee. In a survey, more than 200,000 students across the U.S. were asked to give a rating of zero to 10 in response to the following question: “To what extent do you...

Presidential search committee formed at Centre College to find successor for retiring John Roush

A 17-member committee composed of faculty, staff and trustees has been formed by the Centre College Board of Trustees to conduct a national search for a successor for President John Roush, who recently announced he will retire on June 30, 2020. In selecting members, the Board sought a group “that was diverse and representative of the breadth of viewpoints that are an inherent part of a place like...

Centre College President John Roush announces plans to retire in June 2020 after 22 years

At the conclusion of what will be 22 years of service as president of Centre College, John A. Roush plans to retire on June 30, 2020. In making the announcement to the campus community, Roush said that he and his wife, Susie, “have talked, often, that retiring a year following the College’s bicentennial would be the best timing.” Founded in 1819, Centre marks 200 years of service this year....

Bluegrass Tomorrow presents IdeaFestival day for juniors; Astronaut Story Musgrave to speak

Famed NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave, who holds one of his several graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, returns to Lexington to headline IdeaFestival (IF) Student Day on April 16 for nearly 1,000 Fayette County Public School juniors. Presented by Bluegrass Tomorrow’s Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, the program is designed for students to focus on the next step into their...

Kentucky by Heart: Some interesting facts you may not know about our first (and fifth) governor

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward September, 6, 2016 By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist “Who was the first Kentucky governor?” is the question I’ve asked fourth graders for years as part of my impromptu state history trivia moments as both a regular and a sub teacher. Most will respond that the answer is Isaac Shelby. You can bet the kids were and are ready...

Centre College’s Grissom Scholars Program for first-generation college students featured in U.S. News

By Michael Strysick Centre College Now in its fourth year, the Grissom Scholars Program at Centre College has earned national attention as an exemplary opportunity for talented first-generation college students and was recently included in a U.S. News & World Report story on the topic. Created in 2014, the program provides a four-year full-tuition-plus scholarship, along with $5,000 in educational...

Jamie Vaught: At 91, Bell County native Homer Rice looks back at career as football coach, administrator

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part column about Kentuckian Dr. Homer Rice who had an illustrious career in football coaching and athletic administration. He also recruited Greg Page of Middlesboro who became the first black football player to sign with UK. If you follow sports, you probably have read or heard about former UK assistant football coach Dr. Homer Rice even though the...

Centre College to use Pepsico Recyling’s Zero Impact Fund for phtovoltaic panels on campus building

By Cindy Long Centre College Centre has received a $10,000 Pepsico grant from its Recycling’s Zero Impact Fund (ZIF). The funds will be used for the second phase of an installation of photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Chowan Multipurpose Building. Centre is one of 15 schools selected nationally to receive funding through ZIF, a program now in its second year that’s designed to help bring...

Kentucky Artisan Center presents new exhibit by internationally-renowned artists Powell, Sandoval

A new exhibit recognizing internationally known Kentucky artists Stephen Rolfe Powell and Arturo Alonzo Sandoval was announced this week by the Kentucky Artisan Center. As innovators in their respective fields, both Powell and Sandoval have expanded boundaries by utilizing unusual materials and pushing their mediums into new and exciting formats. A Meet-the-Artist reception will be held on Sept. 9...

Erwin named commissioner for Ky. Department of Corrections; Dailey selected as deputy commissioner

James Erwin, an accomplished leader in prison operations with more than three decades of experience, has been appointed as the new commissioner for the Department of Corrections, Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced Tuesday. Erwin was appointed as interim head of DOC last year after serving seven years as deputy commissioner of the Office of Adult Institutions. His career has spanned more...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentuckians share their thoughts on what makes their college that ‘special’ school

Note: Following is the second of a two-part article about individuals sharing comments about their “special college” in Kentucky. When the topic of special colleges in Kentucky is brought up, Erika Mahlbacher offers her Danville alma mater, Centre College, as a shining example. Erika Mahlbacher She loved the enthusiasm of her teachers. “My dreaded history class requirement turned out to be one...

IdeaFestival Student Day for middle, high school students coming to Norton Center on March 29

IdeaFestival Student Day is returning to the Bluegrass Region March 29, highlighted by the unique Career Maker Faire which focuses on helping students with their college and career awareness. IF Bluegrass will take place at the Norton Center for the Arts, presented by the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium, an initiative of Bluegrass Tomorrow.  IF Bluegrass, a one-day festival, is free to middle...

Best-selling author Bruckheimer Named to National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that Linda Bruckheimer, an American novelist, photographer, entrepreneur and preservationist, has been elected to the National Trust’s Board of Trustees. New trustees were elected during the opening plenary of this year’s PastForward National Preservation Conference in Chicago. Bruckheimer, a two-time bestselling author,...

No. 5 Kentucky closes out exhibition slate with 106-63 rout of Centre College

Nick Richards grabs a rebound in Kentucky’s 106-63 win over Centre College Friday night. Richards finished with 17 points and made all six field goals and five of his free-throw attempts. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The next one counts. Kentucky wrapped up its three-game exhibition schedule with a 106-63 victory over Centre College Friday night. The fifth-ranked Wildcats...

Bob Martin: Kentucky’s pension problem stems from addiction to defined retirement benefits system

There are two types of pension systems: the defined benefits program and the defined contributions program. It is telling that private employers totally abandoned defined benefits pensions in the 70’s and 80’s, while almost all public-sector employers still rely on defined benefits pensions. Private sector employers pay for pensions with their own money, while public-sector employers pay for pensions...

Centre College Literary Luncheon during 36th annual Kentucky Book Fair to feature author Jamie Ford

Centre College will serve as the sponsor of a Literary Luncheon as part of the Kentucky Humanities 36th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 18. Since the first event in 1981, the Kentucky Book Fair has been connecting readers with local, regional and national authors in a shared celebration of reading, writing and books. This year, more than 180 authors will be participating in the event. The Literary...