Council on Postsecondary Education
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce recognizes outstanding faculty and alumni
Kevin Canafax, vice president of public affairs and regional site leader for Fidelity Investments and a member of the Kentucky Chamber’s Board of Directors, presented the Oak and Acorn Awards during a luncheon at the 2010 Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship. Shown from left to right: Canafax, James H. Booth, alumnus of Morehead State University; Barbara Markesbery, accepting on behalf of her late husband, Dr. William Markesbery, alumnus of the University of Kentucky; Lieutenant General Ken Keen, alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University; Dr. Benjamin K. Malphrus, Morehead State University; and Tracy Knowles, Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Pictured at right with the group is former Gov. Paul Patton, chair of the Council on Postsecondary Education.
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce today announced recipients of the 2010 Acorn and Oak Awards. The awards were presented to the following recipients:
- Dr. Benjamin K. Malphrus, Morehead State University;
- Tracy Knowles, Bluegrass Community and Technical College;
- James H. Booth, alumnus of Morehead State University;
- Lieutenant General Ken Keen, alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University; and
- The late Dr. William Markesbery, alumnus of the University of Kentucky.
The awards were presented at the 2010 Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship, sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education. Kevin W. Canafax, Vice President of Public Affairs and Regional Site Leader for Fidelity Investments, and a member of the Kentucky Chamber’s Board of Directors, presented the awards during a luncheon at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott in Hebron, Ky.
The Acorn Award goes to outstanding teachers at Kentucky’s public or independent colleges and universities and includes a $5,000 honorarium. The Oak Award is presented to an alumnus of a public or independent Kentucky college or university who has achieved national stature and reputation in his or her chosen career.
Acorn Award Recipients
Dr. Benjamin K. Malphrus is chair of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at Morehead State University where he has taught for 20 years and directs the University’s Space Science Center. He also serves at the Director of Space Operations of the Kentucky Space program. He has served on the scientific staff of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as visiting scientist at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.
Ms. Tracy Knowles has taught at Bluegrass Community and Technical College for 10 years and is the Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science Technology. She currently supervises two National Science Foundation grants and devotes many hours to science and environmental education activities. She has received numerous awards, including the 2008 New Horizons Faculty Award of Excellence – the highest honor awarded in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
Oak Award Recipients
Mr. James H. Booth, a native of Inez, Ky. is a graduate of Morehead State University. He is well known for his mining operations in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. His involvement in the retail industry and his mining operations bring a combined 2,100 jobs to the region. He has served on the Kentucky Chamber Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the Morehead State University Board of Regents and currently serves on the Pikeville College Board of Trustees.
Lt. Gen. Ken Keen is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and a native of Hyden, Ky. Keen is responsible for military operations and security cooperation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a former commander of U.S. Army South, director of the U.S. European Command Plans and Operations Center and EUCOM chief of staff. A veteran of operations Just Cause and Desert Storm, his awards include the Army Distinguished Service medal, Defense Superior Service medal and the Legion of Merit.
Dr. William Markesbery led the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging from its inception in 1979 and was director of its Alzheimer's Disease Center. He also held the Commonwealth Chair in Aging and was a professor of neurology, pathology, neurosurgery, anatomy and neurobiology in the UK College of Medicine, of which he was a member of the first graduating class in 1964. Markesbery, 77, died Jan. 30, 2010. His widow, Barbara A. Markesbery, received the award.
“The Kentucky Chamber is pleased to recognize the great things going on at Kentucky’s colleges and universities and by their distinguished alumni. These recipients represent the both the past and the future of Kentucky’s workforce,” said Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson.
For more information, visit www.cpe.ky.gov or www.kychamber.com.