Oct. 2, 2009
For Immediate Release
Receiving awards from
Campbellsville University were from left: Front row – Dr. Lincoln
Bingham, Dr. Betty Griffin and Delquan Dorsey. Others making the
presentation and in attendance at the presentation were from left: Back
row – Dr. Frank Cheatham, Dr. Jay Conner, Ava Bingham Reynolds, Otto
Tennant and the Rev. John Chowning. (Campbellsville University Photo by
Joan C. McKinney)
By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator
– Campbellsville University awarded two African-American Community
Leadership Awards to Dr. Betty Griffin, chief executive officer of The
Griffin Group; and Delquan Dorsey Sr., executive director of the
Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, at a luncheon Sept. 30 in
the Chowning Executive Dining Room of the Winters Dining Hall.
The awards were presented by Dr. Jay Conner, chair of the CU Board of
Trustees; Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs; and
John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and
executive assistant to the president.
Chowning pointed out that both serve with him on the Kentucky Long Term Policy Research Center Board.
He said, “Dr. Betty Griffin’s consulting company was contracted to
analyze diversity at CU and one of the things they found was that we
were not telling our story.”
He announced that the newly designed campbellsville.edu Web site has just unveiled its first diversity presence on the Internet. The link is http://www.campbellsville.edu/diversity-program.
CU Board Chairman Jay Conner spoke briefly to the group to say how proud he was to be working alongside them.
“I’m proud that we have one of the few African-American head football
coaches in the NAIA. That is quite an accomplishment,” Conner said.
Conner said Perry Thomas was “hired not just because he is black, but
because he is an outstanding coach with outstanding character and
devotion to developing Christian athletes.”
Larry Martin, missions consultant with the Kentucky Baptist Convention,
showed a print of Dr. Lincoln Bingham, senior pastor of St. Paul
Baptist Church at Shively Heights in Louisville, which was presented to
CU and announced that a documentary of Bingham’s life is being made for
Bingham was honored at the luncheon with the Campbellsville University Leadership Award.
Griffin is a former director of the Kentucky Beginning Teacher
Internship Program. Honored as “Who’s Who Among Black Americans,”
“Outstanding Young Women of America,” Danford Fellow and
African-American Adult Achiever of the Year by the Lexington Young
Men’s Christian Association.
Griffin is a former president of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, Bluegrass Chapter.
She is a former member of the Governor’s Commission of Vocational
Education and Governor’s Commission on Black Affairs, state of Oregon.
Her volunteer service includes the Governors Scholars Program; Urban
League, Lexington; Girl Scouts Program, Louisville; and the National
Council on Negro Women.
Griffin completed the following postgraduate training: Executive
Leadership Training, Harvard University, The Wharton School at the
University of Pennsylvania and the University of Texas at Austin.
Dorsey is the former director of network organizing for Making
Connections in Louisville, a previous policy advisor for former
Jefferson County Commissioner Darryl T. Owens and the assistant state
coordinator for the NAACP Voter Empowerment Program.
Dorsey is the second person to be appointed to CU’s Louisville Center Board of Visitors.
He provides leadership to the African-American community and worships at the Bates Memorial Baptist Church.
Some of Dorsey’s involvements includes the board of directors of
Kentuckiana Minority Business Council and as a member of Omega Psi Phi
He has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
He is married to Shealonda Dorsey, and they have two sons, Delquan Jr. and Destin, and reside in Louisville.
Campbellsville University is a
private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky.
Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the
Kentucky Baptist Convention. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s
2010 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 23rd in “Best
Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and fourth in “up-and-coming”
schools in the south. CU has been ranked 17 consecutive years with
U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to
America’s Best Christian Colleges® and to G.I. Jobs magazine as a
Military Friendly School. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles
southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky.
Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his 11th year as president.