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September 30, 2016

The Center announces new board member

Mike Calhoun

The Center for Rural Development announces the appointment of Michael Calhoun of Lexington to the Executive Committee of its Board of Directors.

Calhoun, special assistant for alumni relations at Georgetown College, will serve a three-year term as an “at-large” member of the Executive Committee.

The committee is comprised of regional and state leaders charged with the responsibility of working with The Center’s full Board of Directors, which includes representatives from each of the 42 counties in the non-profit organization’s primary service area in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

“It is an honor to serve on The Center’s Executive Committee and work with this administration and staff,” Calhoun said. “Under the leadership of Congressman Hal Rogers, Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, and Board Chairman Clay Davis, the Board and staff of The Center are well-respected statewide and nationally.”

Calhoun, a Georgetown College graduate and former basketball player for the Georgetown Tigers, returned to his alma mater in 1998 after a lengthy basketball coaching career. He served as assistant basketball coach at Samford University, Murray State University, Indiana State University, and Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) before he was elevated to head basketball coach of EKU’s Colonels in 1992.

“We are extremely pleased Mike has chosen to serve The Center through his appointment to our Executive Committee,” Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, said. “We will all benefit from his expertise and perspective as we work together to improve the lives of citizens across our region.”

Calhoun holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and physical education and master’s degree in secondary education.

He also serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics of Kentucky and has been a Special Olympics volunteer from 1980-2011.

Calhoun and his wife, the former Sharon Dotson, have three children and three granddaughters. Their children are: Kevin Calhoun, 36; Kristen Lilge, 34; and Karen Fardo, 32.

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