PIKEVILLE – In keeping with our mission of service, several University of Pikeville Board of Trustee members were recognized for their continued commitment to the community and respective industries during the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet.
The Lon B. Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Terry Dotson, chairman, president and CEO of Worldwide Equipment Enterprises. A member of the university’s board of trustees for 27 years, Dotson has served as chairman since 1995. “I appreciate the honor,” said Dotson. “I knew Lon and Mary Evelyn Rogers. They loved this community and region – especially what they knew as Pikeville College and we call the University of Pikeville. I also love this area and this community. It will always be my home.”
Jean R. Hale was presented the Community Ambassador Award by the City of Pikeville honoring her as a humanitarian and civic icon. An alumna of the university, Hale is the Chairman/President and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc.
Jim Booth, CEO of Booth Energy, a longtime leader in the coal and energy industry, received the Citizen of the Year Award.
Bruce Walters II was named Business Person of the Year in recognition of his role in continuing the success of his family’s business, Bruce Walters Ford.
University trustee Danny VanHoose, director of marketing for Appalachian Wireless, currently serves as chairman of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
University of Pikeville Alumnus Brad Hall, class of 1996, external affairs manager for AEP-Kentucky Power, also received the Distinguished Service Award.