CU dedicates courtyard in memory of Frances Clinkscales

CU dedicates courtyard in memory of Frances Clinkscales

Sept. 18, 2012

For Immediate Release

Members of Frances Clinkscales’ family, at left, pose with those from Campbellsville University at the courtyard dedication. From left are: Back row – Quentin Goodin, great-grandson; and Chris Goodin, son-in-law. Front row – Lavada Goodin, niece; LaQuita Goodin, niece, who spoke on behalf of the family, and Tre Goodin, great-grandson; and at right, from left, Front row – Dr. Michael V. Carter, president; and Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young. Back row – Benji Kelly, vice president for development; John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president; Ron Lewis, member of the CU Board of Trustees and former U.S. representative, (R-Ky.); Dr. Joseph Owens, chair of the CU Board of Trustees; and Taylor County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers. (Campbellsville University Photo by Ellie McKinley)

By April Hill, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — “Frances Clinkscales was a tremendous advocate to Campbellsville University,” said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, at the dedication ceremony for the Frances Clinkscales Courtyard located between the School of Nursing and the School of Education, on Sept. 6.

Clinkscales, who died Feb. 27, 2008, served on many civic groups some of which include the Campbellsville City Council, Greater Campbellsville United, Habitat for Humanity, Campbellsville University’s Advisory Council and the State Parole Board. She was a member of the Campbellsville University Advancement Board and has an endowed scholarship named in her honor by former Congressman Ron Lewis, a member of the CU Board of Trustees. She was also a well-respected nurse.

“Ms. Clinkscales was community minded, servant minded and had a heart of love for all people,” Carter said. “She always made time for others.”

Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young spoke about Clinkscales and the impact she had on his life.

Young said, “She truly cared about all people and wanted the best for them. She caused a domino effect. She would care for others and make you want to do the same. She was a nurse by profession and a caregiver by heart,” Young said. She loved people and wanted to help them in any way she could, he said.

In honor of Clinkscales, Young, John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Campbellsville University, and Campbellsville University together felt it to be appropriate to honor her in the courtyard between the School of Nursing and the School of Education.

“I truly believe these two schools represent what Ms. Frances would wish for everyone in our community,” Young said.

He said she would wish “that all children and young people receive the education required to allow them to be as successful as they want to be, and to work in a field of work such as she did.”

Young said Clinkscales was a great example and that he hopes students will stop and reflect on her life and the great community leader, role model, mentor and friend she was.

“Ms. Frances would want all of us to know that we all can achieve whatever we want, regardless of any obstacles or hardships we may face,” said Young. “For this is what Ms. Frances did.”

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,500 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is

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