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Campbellsville University gives Paul and Jan Hert as Honorary Alumni at Alumni Reception

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Paul and Jan Hert of Campbellsville were named Campbellsville University Honorary Alumni Oct. 18. From left are: Dr. Michael V. Carter, president; Benji Kelly, vice president for development; Paul and Jan Hert and Darryl Peavler, director of athletics alumni. (CU Photo by Alexandria D. Swanger)

 By Scarlett Birge, student news writer, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – “Paul and Jan Hert exemplify every quality that it takes to be a Campbellsville University alumni,” Darryl Peavler, director of athletic alumni, said as he presented the couple the Campbellsville University Honorary Alumni Award.

“Their compassion for students, love of our university and dedication to our Lord make them the perfect fit,” Peavler said.

“Being a Campbellsville University alumni is something we all take great pride in. We wear our alma mater as a badge of honor,” Peavler said.

He introduced the Herts as being “invited into the Campbellsville family” at the annual Alumni Reception and Award Ceremony on Stapp Lawn Oct. 18 during Homecoming.

“I certainly didn’t expect this tonight,” Mrs. Hert said, “but I feel blessed.”

“I feel like when I came to Campbellsville, I found a home,” as she explained the impact of the environment and the people who surrounded her while she was at the university.

Mentioning how grateful she was to be in such a place, Mrs. Hert said everyone at the university was always there for her.

The couple especially enjoys the soccer games, volleyball and wrestling.

“I’m constantly overwhelmed by this university and the family — it is our family,” Mr. Hert said. “What little bit we put into making people feel welcomed, we get back.”

Mr. Hert mentioned international students who are thousands of miles away from home yet still have a family at the university.

“You don’t know how much this means to me,” he spoke of his appreciation.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 14,000 students offering over 100 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The university has Kentucky based off-campus centers in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset, Hodgenville and Liberty with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville. Out-of-state centers include two in California at Los Angeles and Lathrop, located in the San Francisco Bay region. The website for complete information is

Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Campbellsville University.