The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce will feature Murray State University President Dr. Robert Jackson and West Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Anton Reece as the speakers for the virtual Power in Partnership mid-month check-in event on October 15. The live broadcast will start at 7:30 a.m. and will originate from the Commerce Center in the Paducah Bank Community Room. Murray State University and West Kentucky Community & Technical College are the sponsors.
The event will also recognize the Youth LEAD Class 9 for their completion of the program. The students started the program in October of 2019 and were scheduled for their graduation at the April Chamber breakfast that was postponed due to COVID-19. Youth LEAD is a program designed for high school juniors to develop and prepare students for future community support and leadership roles in Paducah-McCracken County. The Leadership Paducah Alumni Association (LPAA) coordinates the program. LPAA is affiliated with the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and is the alumni organization for Leadership Paducah.
Dr. Jackson was named as the 14th President of Murray State University in March 2019. Previously, Jackson had served as Interim President since August 2018. Jackson was initially hired by Murray State University in 2005 as the Director of Gift Planning. From 1997 through 2004, he served the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a State Senator, served in Senate leadership as the Minority Whip and held other appointed roles in government. In addition, Jackson has extensive experience as a corporate executive in investment banking and financial advisory fields.
Dr. Reece has served more than 26 years in higher education. He started out at what was then Paducah Community College (now West Kentucky Community and Technical College) in 1990 as a minority affairs coordinator and counselor. By the time he joined the administrative team at University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2003, he was WKCTC’s dean of student affairs and enrollment. In October 2016, Reece became the second president of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, which is a four-time Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence finalist and currently ranks in the top three colleges among the nation’s more than 1,000 community and technical colleges.
Members of the 2019-20 Youth LEAD Class #9 are as follows:
Community Christian Academy – Ashley Thurston.
McCracken County High School – Jackson Allen, Maggie Aydt, Natalie Barnhill, Bailey Bowland, Brooke Bowling, Zoey Brinker, Sydney Carter, Gracie Conway, Olivia Dodge, Abbie Farmer, Reagan Farmer, Morgan Guess, Dylan Houser, Ashby Murt, Emma Kate Schaaf, Charli Siener, Maggie Smith, Maddie Thomas, Molly Thomas, Josh Tucker, Davis Vessels, Laura Walker, Nate Whitis and Mason Wooten.
Paducah Tilghman High School – Raven Butler, Emma Gilbert, Sam Kirchhoff, Jasmine Meadows, Libby Shadoan, Madeline Strenge, JT Taylor, Leah Tyrrell and Zach Ybarzabal.
St. Mary High School – Lilly Brown and Hailey Froehlich.
Register to attend the event via Zoom at paducahchamber.org. The virtual breakfast will also be carried live via the Chamber’s Facebook page and livestreamed on WPSD Local 6.