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Campbellsville University Honors Ashli Watts with 2019 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

By Ian McAninch

Ashli Watts, the senior vice president of public affairs for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, wasn’t just the guest speaker for the commencement ceremony at Campbellsville University (CU) this May. She was also the recipient of the 2019 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

CU president Dr. Michael V. Carter, along with Board of Trustees Chairman Henry Lee and Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the award to Watts.

Watts joined the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in November of 2012.  She had previously worked at the Kentucky Bar Association and the Legislative Research Commission.

Watts graduated from CU with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History in 2004 and holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Louisville.

“During her time at Campbellsville University, Ashli was very active in campus life, served as Student Government Association president, was an academic honors graduate, and participated in a number of student activities and organizations,” Dr. Carter said.

“Ashli is very active in a number of organizations and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, a statewide nonprofit organization through which she works with others in raising awareness on issues related to preventing child abuse and neglect. Ashli and her family are active members of First United Methodist Church in Frankfort. She currently resides in Frankfort with her husband Ryan and their two children, Emma and Carter, who join us today for the ceremony, along with other family and friends.”

CU has presented the Sullivan Award since 2002, Carter noted. “Mr. Sullivan was a lawyer, devout Christian, mediator, powerful and appealing orator, a courageous citizen during perilous times, a noted philanthropist and a devoted family man. In the words of a friend, Sullivan ‘reached out both hands in constant helpfulness to others.’”

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 13,000 students offering over 90 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has off-campus centers in Kentucky cities Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville, and Liberty, with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville, all in Kentucky, and one in Costa Mesa, Calif., and a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.

 

Campbellsville University Honors Jessica Johnson with Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

By Ian McAninch

Jessica Johnson of Clarkson, Ky. was the student recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at Campbellsville University’s commencement ceremony.

CU president Dr. Michael V. Carter, Board of Trustees Chairman Henry Lee and Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the award to Johnson.

Carter highlighted Johnson’s time at Campbellsville University before presenting the award.  “While at CU, Jessica has been involved in many activities,” Carter said. “She has been a member of the dean’s list and has worked as an intern in the Office of Enrollment since the spring of 2016 and served as a Presidential Ambassador since the fall of 2015.

“Jessica is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Alpha Lambda Delta. She has served as a natural science tutor and has been involved in numerous other activities. Just two weeks ago, Jessica was honored with numerous academic awards and was named Miss Campbellsville for 2018-2019.”

“Through her work in the Office of Enrollment the past three years, she has exemplified and surpassed the expectation of a Campbellsville graduate. She has been a very active member of the Student Government Association (SGA) for the last three years by serving as SGA secretary.

“She has served as secretary of the Pre-professional Health Society and is a founding member, where she has played a vital part to help students in the pre-professional program come together in their search for graduate and professional schools.”

“During her spare time, she has served as a seasonal optometric technician where she has gained valuable experience that she can take with her to graduate school. Jessica has been accepted to the Kentucky College of Optometry at the University of Pikeville and will begin there later this summer.”

Carter said, “It has been quoted that, ‘Jess has been an integral part of the dual credit team and a joy to work alongside. Her maturity and work ethic showed daily but what I love most about her is how she displays Christian servant leadership not only with her colleagues in the Office of Enrollment but also throughout the many activities she is involved in. I look forward to see what the future holds for her and those lives she will change along the way.  She is a great friend!’”

Johnson is the daughter of Patricia Johnson of Clarkson, Ky., and David Johnson of Leitchfield, Ky.

“We are very honored this morning to present the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards for the 11th consecutive year,” Carter noted. “Campbellsville University was selected in 2002 to participate in this very prestigious awards program that honors the memory and legacy of the late Algernon Sydney Sullivan.”

“Mr. Sullivan was a lawyer, devout Christian, mediator, a powerful and appealing orator, a courageous citizen during perilous times, a noted philanthropist, and a devoted family man.  In the words of a friend, Sullivan ‘reached out both hands in constant helpfulness to others.’”

This story was edited slightly from the original version on the Campbellsville University website.