UK Libraries National Advisory Board Members

The University of Kentucky Libraries National Advisory Board serves as an external advisory body to the Dean of 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.

Board Members:

Bill Miles, President, Union, Ky.


Jonathan Allison, Lexington, Ky.

Paul Bachner, Lexington, Ky.

LuAnnette Butler, Clarksville, Tn.

Steve Collins, Shelbyville, Ky.

Robbie Dyche, London, Ky.

Michelle Gardner, Lexington, Ky.

Gail Hart, Lexington, Ky.

David Johnson, Lexington, Ky.

Gail Kennedy, Lexington, Ky.

Brenda Lampton, Lexington, Ky.

Alicia McCorvey, Lexington, Ky.

Jan Miles, Union, Ky.

John Edward Niles, Arlington, Va.

Jennie Lou Penn, Frankfort, Ky.

Gregory Pettit, Lexington, Ky.

Ellen Rice, Lexington, Ky.

Tim Sineath, Lexington, Ky.

Alan Sullivan, Union, Ky.

Charles T. Wethington, Lexington, Ky.

Harvie Wilkinson, Lexington, Ky.

John van Willigen, Lexington, Ky.

Linda Worley, Lexington, Ky.


 

Jonathan Allison

Jonathan 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.

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Paul 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 in 1993 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. 

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LuAnnette ButlerLuAnnette 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.

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Steve Collins of Shelbyville is the president of Hall-Taylor Funeral Home and a practicing attorney.  He is a graduate of Woodford County High School, Georgetown College, and the University of Kentucky College of Law.  He currently serves as chairman of the Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Commission, chairman of the Kentucky Heritage Council, president of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation, a director on the board of the Shelby County Industrial and Development Foundation, and is a founding member and the president-general of The Shelby Society, Incorporated.  A member of the First Baptist Church of Shelbyville he is very active in many civic organizations.  The past president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, the Shelbyville Kiwanis Club, and the past secretary of the Commerce Enhancement Corporation, his memberships also include the Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association, the Fayette County Bar Association, the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, Sons of the American Revolution, and First Families of Kentucky.  He was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 1991, served on the Kentucky Bicentennial Commission 1987-1992, and was the chairman of the Kentucky delegation to the Democratic National Convention in 1984.

He is married to Diane Spalding Collins, a graduate of U.K., and they are the parents of Dr. Taylor Collins, a 2014 graduate of U.K. Medical School, and Catherine Collins, currently a student at Cumberland College of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.  His support of the UK Libraries is based upon his beliefs that libraries are essential to the educational experience and to the success of educational institutions.  An excellent library, like no other singular place, provides access to knowledge, and is essential to research and the development of ideas and the formulation of answers to the complex questions and issues in all areas of study and those presented in a constantly and rapidly changing world.

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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.

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Michelle Gardner

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HartGail 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. She is serving her second term as President of the University of Kentucky Libraries National Advisory Board. 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.

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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.

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Gail Kennedy is from Somerset, Ky. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with degrees in English (BA, 1970) and Library and Information Science (MSLS, 1974). Gail retired in 2017 after 47 years of service in UK Libraries. She held management positions in cataloging, circulation, acquisitions, and was the first head librarian of the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center from its opening in 2000 until 2012. In 2012, Gail began a five-year phased retirement during which time she served as Arts & Outreach Librarian in UK Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center.  Gail worked to promote the arts collections in Special Collections, including the King Library Press, music collections such as the Men of Note and the Joseph Baber collection, and the John Arthur Dearinger Memorial Theatre Collection, to name a few. She was also responsible for numerous exhibits featuring the King Library Press both on campus and in the community. Gail is a longstanding member of the American Library Association, serving as president of the Library Leadership and Management Association in 2011.  In retirement, Gail is an active volunteer at Central Christian Church and UK Libraries.

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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.

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Alicia McCorvey 

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Bob MayJanice 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.

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Bob MayWilliam (Bill) Miles 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.

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John Edward Niles 

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Jennie Lou PennJennie 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.

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Gregory Pettit 

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Ellen Rice, of Lexington is a graduate of Sayre School and Wheaton College (Norton, MA) with a B.A. in psychology. She continued her studies at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center and is a certified Montessori Teacher for children ages three to six. She holds two M.Ed.’s, one in Early Childhood Education and a second in Special Education; both were obtained from Lesley University (Cambridge, MA). Ellen used her degrees to teach in Montessori Schools in Massachusetts and students on the Autism Spectrum. Upon her return to Lexington in 2010, she spent a year as the manager of the family owned Blackfish Golf and Hunt Club in Winchester, Kentucky. Since 2011, Ellen has been a founding member of the Thy Will Be Done Oratorio Board, and she currently is the Director of Operations for the organization, which promotes the works written by composer Angela Rice. Ellen serves on the OperaLex Board of Directors and is the corresponding secretary. She has served as the co-chair for the Encore Auction for the past two years. Ellen also volunteers at the Chrysalis House, a center for women who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Ellen is an active member of the Sayre School Alumni Council. Ellen is a University of Kentucky Fellow and longtime supporter of the University of Kentucky Libraries since the early 1990’s. Her mother, Angela Rice served 25 years on the Board and started a Child Development book collection named in her honor. Ellen was a volunteer at the Margaret I. King Library and a student employee at the W.T. Young Library. The UK Libraries have been a priority of the Rice family for many years.

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Dr. Timothy W. Sineath  served as Professor and Director School of Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky, 1996-2009. Since 1963, Dr. Sineath has served as a member of the faculties of the University of Illinois, Simmons College, the University of Georgia, and the University of Kentucky. In addition to teaching, research and management of professional education, he has experience in management of professional continuing education programs. Additionally, Dr. Sineath has served in a variety of appointed and elected offices since 1967 in the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association for Library and Information Science (ALISE). Served as member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer, and President of ALISE.

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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.

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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.  

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Harvie B. WilkinsonHarvie 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.

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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.

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Linda Kraus Worley, (PhD, University of Cincinnati) is a professor in the German Studies program of the Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures department at the University of Kentucky. She helped establish the Teaching and Learning Center at UK (now known as the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching) by acting as its director and has been closely involved with the Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals graduate program, initially funded by the PEW foundation, since its inception. Her scholarly and teaching interests range from nineteenth-century German literature, pedagogy, studies of faculty life to fairy-tale studies. She has received awards for her teaching and graduate mentoring efforts as well as several international awards to foster her scholarship (NEH, DAAD). She has also taught special seminars as an invited member of the German Studies faculty at Ludwigsburg university. She is currently co-editor of the international journal Colloquia Germanica. Simply put, most, if not all, of these efforts, would not have been possible without the wonderful resource – human and paper – of the W. T. Young library.  

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