UK Libraries National Advisory Board Members

The University of Kentucky Libraries National Advisory Board serves as an external advisory body to the Dean of UK Libraries. Members of the council have attained prominence in their respective careers and are chosen for their value in providing sound counsel to the Dean. Membership includes both alumni and friends of the University of Kentucky, with an active interest in UK Libraries.

2017 - 2019 UK Libraries National Advisory Board Officers:

Billy Lanter, President

Bill Miles, Vice President

Jonathan AllisonJonathan Allison (PhD, University of Michigan) is Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky and chair of the Editorial Board of the University Press of Kentucky. He teaches courses in Modern British and Irish Literature and has worked closely with UK Special Collections on book and manuscript exhibitions. He has been a Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was formerly Director of the W.B.Yeats International Summer School, Sligo, Ireland. His edited books include Yeats’s Political Identities (1996); Patrick Kavanagh (1996); Contemporary Poetry and Culture (with Andrew Roberts, 2002); and Bound for the 1890s: Essays on Writing and Publishing in Honor of James G. Nelson (2006). His annotated edition of Letters of Louis MacNeice (Faber and Faber) was published in 2010.

Dr. Charles AmbroseCharles Ambrose, MD is a professor in the Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics department in the College of Medicine at UK. While he teaches the History of Medicine course, Dr. Ambrose's research and publications of late have focused on potential causes of Alzheimer's Disease. During the last several years, Dr. Ambrose has pursued studies in aging and senile dementias, which have led to the angiogenesis hypothesis of aging and a dozen publications in this field. Dr. Ambrose is also passionate about open educational resources that help remove barriers of access to research.

Paul BachnerPaul Bachner, MD, FCAP is Professor and immediate past-chairman of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Kentucky where he has served as Director of Laboratories since 1993. He is also the past Medical Director of the Division of Laboratory Services, Department for Public Health, of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Dr. Bachner was born in New York City where he attended the High School of Music and Art and the College of the City of New York before receiving his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. After completing residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, he practiced pathology in Connecticut and New York from 1966 to 1993, and was a faculty member at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York Medical College. He was appointed director of Clinical Laboratories at the University of Kentucky in1993 and served as Chairman of Pathology from 1997 to 2012.

Dr. Bachner served as a member of the Board of Governors and is a Past President of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the national professional society of pathologists.  He has been an inspector in the federally-deemed CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program since 1968 and is the current chair of the Accreditation Committee which is responsible for the final accreditation status of over 7,000 clinical laboratories in the US and internationally.

He also served as president of the New York State Society of Pathologists from 1987-1991, and was appointed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan as a member of the CDC Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) from 1992 to 1995.

 Dr. Bachner lives in Lexington with his wife Susan and four adopted cats.  He is a serious classical pianist and gives occasional concerts. 

LuAnnette Butler

LuAnnette Butler is semi-retired and is doing private counseling pro bono work.  Born in Fayette County, Lexington, Kentucky,  she graduated from Great Crossing High School and received her BA in Business Education in 1959 at the University of Kentucky, MA from Georgetown College, 1968 in Elementary Education; Counseling, and Ed.D. from Tennessee State University, Counseling Psychology. She previously taught 12 years at Georgetown College, 2 1/2 years at Lexington Technical Institute and 15 years at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn..  Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of School Counselor Education. 2009-2010 served as President, Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.  Lu Annette is a member of the Faculty Senate, Austin Peay State University.

R. W. Dyche, III (Robbie) was born in London, Kentucky where he lives today. He received an A. B. in Government from Centre College, Danville, KY in 1972, and then enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Following graduation from law school in 1975, Robbie returned to London and the private practice of law. He became the first district judge from Laurel County in 1978, and served in that capacity until 1986, when he was appointed by Governor Collins as a Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He remained on that court until 2006. He authored over 2000 opinions deciding cases statewide, and participated as an associate judge in the decision in over 3500 more.

His professional activities include service on the Continuing Judicial Education Commission from 1992-2006; the Ethics Committee of the Kentucky Judiciary 1997-2002; the Judicial Conduct Commission 2002-2006, and service as a member of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners (the group that administers and grades bar examinations) since 2008. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Laurel County Public Library from 1994-2003 and 2005-present, and has been President of the trustees 1998-2003, and 2005-present. During his terms, the trustees built the new 25,000 square foot library (2003), and have just (March 2016) dedicated a 16,000 square foot addition. Judge Dyche was awarded the 2011 “James Gugler Outstanding Trustee Award” from the Kentucky Public Library Association and
the Kentucky Library Association. Robbie has also served several terms on the governing board of Marymount (now St. Joseph-London) Hospital, including a term of Chair of the Directors, as well as serving on the Citizen Council. He currently serves on the St. Joseph-London Foundation Board.

Clay Ford

Clay Ford represents the fourth generation of Fords involved in their family business.  

He serves as the president of the financial planning department of E.M. Ford & Co., specializing in retirement, investment and estate planning for businesses and families.  He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BBA in Finance and a BBA in Management.  He holds both a Series 7 and 66 license.  Clay is the former Chairman of the Board for the Owensboro Area Museum of Science and History and is currently a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, the Citizens Committee on Education, the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, the Owensboro Estate Planning Council, and The Wendell Foster’s Campus for Developmental Disabilities Board of Directors.  He also serves as an elected member of the State Central Executive Committee of the Ky. Democratic Party.  He has been married to his wife Diane for 8 years.  They have a 5 year old daughter, Whitley, and 2 year old son, John Clay.


Gail Hendrickson Hart, a graduate of the University of Evansville, Indiana, earned her M.S.S.W. from the University of Louisville, followed by a career as a clinical social worker, A.C.S.W. Gail is a member of Good Shepherd Church and Society, UK’s Women and Philanthropy, UK Fellows, UK Art Museum Collectors, the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Henry Clay Society, the Thomas D. Clark Society, the Blue Grass Trust, and the Headley-Whitney Museum. She also contributes to other community organizations and institutions of higher education across Kentucky/Indiana. She is married to Daniel B. Featherston.

David Copeland Johnson is professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Kentucky. Raised on a Manassas, VA farm, David was an undergraduate at Sewanee (where a library job furnished book and beer money.)   Next he was an Air Force communications officer  (Oklahoma, England). After graduate school at the University of Virginia, David joined the U.K. mathematics faculty in 1970 where he remained until retirement --with sabbatical semesters at Oxford and Manchester.   His mathematical research was in algebraic topology (e.g. Johnson-Wilson theory).  He has served terms on the College Visiting Committee of the University of the South and on the Board of the Lexington Philharmonic.   He is presently on the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington.  David and Kathy (a longtime member of the National Advisory Board) have two adult children: Jacob of Franklin, TN and Mary of Molsheim, France.

Brenda Mitchell Lampton

Brenda Mitchell Lampton is a native of Woodford County where she and 3 brothers grew up on a tobacco and cattle farm located on Old Frankfort Pike.

She is a 1970 graduate of Woodford County High School and a 1974 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in accounting.  After graduation, she relocated to Cincinnati where she had a 22 year career with Proctor & Gamble. Her husband, Bill Seiferth, passed in 2004. Brenda moved back to Lexington in 2006 to start a new chapter in life and be closer to the family.

She met Don Lampton, a Louisville native and retired research psychologist (University of Louisville grad), at a golf outing in Pinehurst, N.C. in May, 2008.  They were married in May 2010.  Don and Brenda enjoy golfing, fishing, kayaking, splitting the year living part-time in Florida and Lexington.

Billy Lanter

Billy Lanter [President] was raised in Lexington, Ky. and received a BBA in Finance and a BS in Accounting from the University of Kentucky.  While a student at UK, he joined the Kentucky National Guard where he served for six years, spending time on both active duty and reserve status.  Mr. Lanter is currently employed as a Fiduciary Investment Advisor with Unified Trust, a locally based national trust company.  Prior to joining Unified Trust, he served as a Wealth Management Advisor for one of the largest banks in the country.  He is both a Registered Paraplanner through the College for Financial Planning and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® through the Center for Fiduciary Studies.  Mr. Lanter is active in the community where he serves as treasurer for a local non-profit organization and actively volunteers with Junior Achievement where he teaches financial literacy to middle school students.

Bob May

Janice Markert Miles is currently retired and doing private tutoring for high school and college age students. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Jan graduated from Caldwell County High School in Princeton, Kentucky and received a BA in elementary education with an endorsement in kindergarten in 1976 and an MA in elementary education in 1981 from the University of Kentucky. She began her career in education in Shelbyville, Kentucky in 1976 where she educated children for 34 years. During the last few years of her career, Jan became very interested in the technological facet of education and assumed the role of Technology Coordinator. It was during this time that she was instrumental in developing a technology school-to-work program, which included a tv production department, as well as a computer diagnostic and repair team, all with elementary school age children. She has served on numerous educational, community, and church committees and boards.

While at the University of Kentucky she met and married her husband Bill. They have one daughter Holly, a son-in- law Brandon and two grandsons Brandt and Judson. A lifetime member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Jan now resides in Union, Kentucky.

Bob May

William (Bill) Miles [Vice President]  was born and raised on a dairy and tobacco farm in Shelby County, Ky. He was active in 4H, FFA and sports at Shelby County High School prior to attending and graduating from the University of Kentucky with BS in Animal Science in 1975. While at UK he represented the College of Agriculture on the UK Student Senate. He is a life time member of the UK Alumni Association and the College of Agriculture Alumni Association. After a short time on the family farm, Bill joined Farm Credit Services for 8 years before joining PNC Bank where he has worked in the credit and corporate banking groups for the last 28 years. During this time he has been a very active part of the community by serving on community boards, civic clubs, and church related boards and activities.

He is currently located in the Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Market where he serves as a Senior Vice President. Bill and his wife and fellow board member, Jan, live in Union, Ky. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Holly, son-in-law Brandon and are the grandparents of two boys, Brandt and Judson.

Jennie Lou Penn

Jennie Lou Penn a native of Glasgow, Kentucky, spent two years as a Staff Assistant to the President of the United States after attending the University of Kentucky. She later worked for the Council of State Governments staffing the Conferences of Chief Justices and

the National and Association of Attorneys General.  After marrying John Scott Penn and having three daughters, Jennie began a career in real estate where she became active in the Lexington Board of Realtors, serving in several offices before retiring in 2000.

Jennie has been active in several community and statewide organizations over the years, including eleven years as Chairman of the Kentucky Mansions Preservation Foundation, Inc., which restored and maintains the Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington, as well as the Board of Directors of the Albert B. Chandler Scholarship Foundation, the Kentucky  Heritage Council, the Kentucky Executive Mansion Protection Foundation, Inc, and co-chair of the Gov. Louie B. Nunn Foundation which was instrumental in endowing the Louie B. Nunn Oral History Center at  the University of Kentucky. Jennie and her husband are avid gardeners.

Angela Rice

Angela Rice, who earned a BA from the University of Louisville, has spent more than 25 years working as a community volunteer.  In addition, she co-founded, directed, and taught at the Ashland School of Music, and served on the Lexington Philharmonic Board as Vice-President of Education. She also was a founding member of the University of Kentucky's fund-raising organization, The Friends of Music. Angela served as an Executive Board member for the UK Opera Society and chaired the UK Opera Theatre Workshop for two consecutive years. 

Through the UK Libraries in 1990, Angela established a special endowment fund to provide a collection of books and materials on Child Development, named in the honor of her daughter, Ellen Rice. Since 1991, Angela has been a member and a past President of the UK Libraries National Advisory Board. Currently, as an active board member and fundraiser for the Chrysalis House of Lexington, she works each year on the Chrysalis House's 5K run held in Nicholasville in collaboration with RJ Corman and staff.

She studied voice at the New England Conservatory of Music and has performed in UK's Grand Night for Singing and in Transylvania University's Community Choral Performances. For more than ten years, she has been a member of the Schola Cantorum Choir at Christ the King.  This year, Angela became co-owner of Blackfish Golf and Hunt Club in Winchester, Kentucky.  Angela is married to N. Thomas Rice, a radiologist at Central Baptist Hospital and enjoys time with her three children and two dogs.

Tim Sineath 

Alan Sullivan

Alan Sullivan (AIA, ACHA) is President of Sullivan Healthcare Collaborative in the greater Nashville area where he and his wife Jan currently reside. Mr. Sullivan is a 1976 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Architecture and a native of Lexington, Kentucky. Alan and Jan are Henry Stites Barker Fellows and lifetime UK alumni members. Alan was responsible for the completion of the Claude Sullivan Collection at the UK Archives, one of the largest digital collections at the Big Blue Sports Archives. In 2014, Alan published Voice of the Wildcats: Claude Sullivan and the Rise of Modern Sportscasting through the University Press of Kentucky.

Alan is a healthcare architect certified by the American College of Healthcare Architects. He is past president of Ashland Terrace Retirement Home, The Kentucky Society of The American Institute of Architects and president of AIA's Eastern Kentucky Chapter. He is also past president of the Kentucky Healthcare Strategy Forum and the Construction Specifications Institute's Bluegrass Chapter.

Charles T. Wethington, Jr.

Charles T. Wethington, Jr. served as President of the University of Kentucky from 1990 to 2001. His eleven-year tenure witnessed marked physical growth and an impressive enhancement in academic stature on the part of the institution he served nearly his entire career, including the $58-million William T. Young Library.

Dr. Wethington attended Brescia College from 1952 to1954, received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double major in English and History, from Eastern Kentucky University in 1956.  In 1958-59  he studied Russian at Syracuse University.  His Master of Arts (1962) and Ph.D degree (1966)-in Education-were received from the University of Kentucky. 

From 1957 to 1961 he served in the United States Air Force Security Service as a crypto-linguist, and from 1959 to the latter year he taught Air Force evening classes at Misawa Air Base, in Japan.  Before coming to the University of Kentucky he taught English from 1962-1964 in the San Juan, California school system.

In 1965-1966 Wethington taught Human Growth and Development at UK, as an Instructor, and in 1966 and 1967 he served as Acting Director of the Lexington Technical Institute.  A four-year appointment as the first Director of Maysville Community College, in the University's Community College System, followed in 1967. In 1971 he was appointed Assistant Vice President for the Community College System, a position he held until 1981, when he was named to head the System, with the title of Vice President. Following the 1982 administrative reorganization of the University he was appointed Chancellor for the Community College System. In 1988 he was given additional administrative responsibilities and his title was changed to Chancellor for the Community College System and University  Relations.  

Harvie B. Wilkinson

Harvie B. Wilkinson is the MBA Director & Director of Executive Education Center of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky.  He most recently served as Vice President of Keeneland Association.  Prior to Keeneland, he previously was a partner in the Lexington law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden (formerly Stoll Keenon & Park) where he specialized in commercial, banking and equine law.  He has been active in the community, previously serving on the boards of the American Red Cross, Presbyterian Housing Corporation, U.K. International Hospitality Program, and the Fayette County Board of Education, Fayette Education Foundation and United Way of the Bluegrass.  He presently serves on the boards of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, Gods Pantry and the Thoroughbred Club of America.  He is also a member of the American College of Equine Attorneys.  He and his wife Nellie, who is a teacher and active community volunteer, have three children, Jack, Evie and Martha.

John van Willigen

John van Willigen served as  Professor of Anthropology at UK  from 1974 until 2008. His undergraduate education is from Uni. of Wisconsin, Madison and his PhD studies were done at the University of Arizona. Prior to his academic career he was active in Native American development efforts and was employed by the Tohono O=Odham Nation of Arizona as Director of Community Development.  John has done field research in India, rural Kentucky, and Indonesia. This work has focused on the social aging process, farming systems research, and  ethnography of farming and food ways.  This work resulted in a number of research monographs.  These are Getting = Some Age on Me: Social Organization of Older People in a Rural American Community; Social Aging in a Delhi Neighborhood (with N. K. Chadha) and he was part of the Kentucky Family Farm Oral History Project team done at the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, at the UK Library. That work resulted in two books, Tobacco Culture: Farming Kentucky=s Burley Belt (with Susan C. Eastwood) and Food and Everyday Life on Kentucky Family Farms, 1920-1950 (with Anne Van Willigen).  While on the faculty at the University he received the William B. Sturgill Award for  Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education and the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching.  He has received two Fulbright awards to support research and teaching in India. He is currently researching and writing on traditional Kentucky food ways.

HOURS for January 28, 2020