Ron Greenberg, Chair
Ronald Greenberg was elected chair of the Council in January 2005. He served as vice chair during 2004. Mr. Greenberg is senior vice president and executive director of the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute of the Louisville-based Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare, was a member of the Council on Higher Education, and has taught as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges and universities. He has served on the boards of the Jewish Community Federation, Indiana University Southeast, and Actors Theatre, and is active in professional organizations that include the American College of Hospital Administrators and the Kentucky Hospital Association. He has been a Bingham Fellow with Leadership Louisville. He earned a bachelor's degree at Queens College in New York and a master's degree at Columbia University. Mr. Greenburg was appointed to the Council in 1996 and was reappointed in 2001. He will continue to serve as a Council member until December 31, 2006.
John Turner, Vice Chair
John S. Turner is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Angell Manufacturing in Lebanon, Kentucky. Prior to that, he served as vice president of business development of Montebello Packaging in Lebanon and as general manager of Portland Forge in Lebanon and Teledyne Packaging in Carrollton. He serves on several professional organizations including the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member of St. Catherine College in Springfield and is a past chair. He is a member of the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education and currently serves as chair. Mr. Turner holds a bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University. Mr. Turner was appointed to the Council in 2004 and elected Vice Chair in 2005. He will continue to serve as a Council member until December 31, 2009.
Walter Baker is a former state senator, representative, and Kentucky Supreme Court justice, who practices law in Glasgow. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Kentucky Air National Guard, with active duty experience during the Pueblo Activation in 1968-69. The U.S. Department of Defense has honored him with its Outstanding Public Service Award. He earned bachelor’s and law degrees at Harvard University. He served on the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education. Mr. Baker has served on the Council since 1997 and was reappointed in 2002. He will continue to serve as a Council member until December 31, 2007.
Peggy Bertelsman served as a vice chair of the Council’s predecessor, the Council on Higher Education. She has held faculty and administrative positions at Northern Kentucky University and has served as the executive coordinator of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities. She also has served on the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Ms. Bertelsman received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Kentucky University and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Bertelsman was appointed as a Council member in 1997 and reappointed in 2002. She will continue to serve as a Council member until December 31, 2008.
Kevin W. Canafax
Kevin W. Canafax of Covington is employed with Fidelity Investments where he leads a regional management and public affairs team. His team is responsible for community, college, and government relations initiatives; business and workforce development; and employee and constituent communications for the firm’s sites in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Prior to joining Fidelity, Kevin served as vice president of communications with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and manager of communications with the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mr. Canafax holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast management arts from Southern Ohio College and a master's in business administration from Xavier University. He was appointed as a Council member in 2005 and will serve on the Council until December 31, 2010.
Dan E. Flanagan
Dan E. Flanagan, of Campbellsville, is the bi-vocational pastor of Nolynn Baptist Church and operates a large farming business. He has served as deputy commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and has held various positions at Campbellsville University for a number of years. He holds degrees from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Campbellsville University. Mr. Flanagan was appointed to the Council in 2005 and will continue to serve until December 31, 2010.
John R. Hall
John R. Hall, of Lexington, a retired chairman and chief executive officer of Ashland Inc., has long been a leader in education as well as business and civic affairs. He is a member and former president of the board of trustees of Vanderbilt University, where he was co-captain of the football team and graduated with honors. He also is a member of the board of curators of Transylvania University, one of several Kentucky institutions, public and private, granting him honorary degrees. He is chairman of the Commonwealth Fund for Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and a former chairman of Leadership Kentucky. He is former chairman and councilor for life of The Conference Board and a former member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Mr. Hall was appointed to the Council in 2001 and reappointed in 2002. He will continue to serve as a Council member until December 31, 2008.
Phyllis A. Maclin
Phyllis A. Maclin is currently the director of special services at Washington Street Missionary Baptist Church in Paducah. She has several years experience in public relations, training, creative and technical writing, marketing, and sales management. She is a public school volunteer dedicated to helping students improve self-confidence and reading comprehension. She is a former Paducah Independent School board member. Ms. Maclin holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Western Kentucky University. She was appointed as a Council member in 2005 and will serve until December 31, 2009.
Alois M. Moore
Alois M. Moore is a businesswoman and realtor in Hazard. She is co-owner of the Moore Restaurant Group. Ms. Moore is a former member of the Eastern Kentucky University board of regents and has been a high school teacher. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. Ms. Moore was appointed to the Council in 2005 and will continue to serve as a Council member until December 31, 2010.
Ryan F. Quarles
Ryan F. Quarles, the Council's student member, is a first -year student at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He also is enrolled in UK's Patterson School of Diplomacy and College of Agriculture where he is finishing dual degrees in diplomacy and agriculture economics. He completed triple majors in political science, agriculture economics, and public service and leadership while an undergraduate at UK. Mr. Quarles, of Georgetown, was recently selected as one of 75 students from around the country to receive the 2005 Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
Jim D. Skaggs
Jim D. Skaggs is the president/owner of Jim Skaggs, Inc., a construction and property development firm in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Prior to starting his own firm in 1973, he was employed by several construction and engineering firms in Iowa, Tennessee, New York, and Kentucky. Mr. Skaggs is a 1966 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor of science degree in business management. He also attended the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. Mr. Skaggs is a member of the executive committee of the Republican Party of Kentucky and the Bowling Green Noon Rotary. He is past chair of the Bowling Green Municipal Utilities Board, past chair of the Warren County Republican Party, and past vice chair of the Bowling Green-Warren County Planning Commission. Mr. Skaggs was appointed to the Council in January 2006 and will continue to serve until December 31, 2011.
Joan Taylor recently retired from Kentucky state government after working with four governors as their liaison to Kentucky residents seeking personal help. She is a founder of the Lexington Black Achievers Program and the University of Kentucky NCAA National Sports Camp for economically disadvantaged youths. Holding a bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., she has taught in Lexington and Chicago schools and served as program manager for Lexington's federally funded employment and training programs for citizens with barriers to employment. She has been a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, the Kentucky Task Force for Education Reform, the Lexington African American Education Coalition, Key Communicators with Lexington's Public School Superintendent, and the Kentucky State Government Minority Management Training Task Force. Ms. Taylor was appointed to the Council in 1999 and reappointed in 2001. She will continue to serve as a Council member until December 31, 2006.
Mark J. Wattier
Mark J. Wattier is a professor of government, law, and international affairs at Murray State University. He was appointed as the Council's faculty representative in 2005 and will serve until June 2009. He has been with Murray since 1980 and has served on the Murray faculty senate for a number of years. Mr. Wattier holds a B.A. in political science from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee.
Gene Wilhoit is Kentucky's education commissioner and an ex-officio member of the Council on Postsecondary Education. Before coming to Kentucky in 1997, he held a similar position in Arkansas where he was deputy commissioner for the Bureau of Learning Support Services in the Department of Education. He has been executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education and special assistant in the U.S. Department of Education. A former chairman of the Advisory Commission of the Education Commission of the States, he has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College and a master’s from Indiana University.