CU Honors Wanda Washington with Leadership Award

CU Honors Wanda Washington with Leadership Award
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University honored Wanda Washington of Campbellsville and Dr. Charles J. King, fifth and sixth from left, respectively, at a luncheon Oct. 1 to kick off CU’s Dialogue on Race. Among those at the luncheon, from left, were: Dr. Mary Wilgus, dean of CU’s College of Arts and Sciences, who has been in charge of the Dialogue on Race for 10 years; Dr. Robert S. Clark, a member of the board of Greater Campbellsville United; John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at CU; Brenda Allen, mayor of the City of Campbellsville; Washington; King; Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academics at CU; the Rev. Delmetria Cayson-Combs, pastor of Fannie Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (CME) and Otto Tennant, vice president for finance and administration at CU. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joan C. McKinney)

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University honored Wanda Washington, coordinator of Greater Campbellsville United for the past three years, with the African-American Community Leadership Award at a luncheon Oct. 1 in Winters Dining Hall.

The Rev. John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Campbellsville University, said Washington does great work with Greater Campbellsville United, of which he is a board member.

Chowning said Washington “has a passion for people,” and she has been a strong force in making GCU a success.

“Wanda has promoted the mission of Greater Campbellsville United which builds positive relations within the community,” Chowning said.

Washington, in accepting the award, said it has been an honor to work with GCU where she brings groups together to work in harmony.

She mentioned activities in which GCU has worked including a recent Diversity Festival which featured persons from nine cultures and the recent Music in the Park series during each Friday night in September.

Chowning said the Campbellsville community has become more diverse from the work Washington and Greater Campbellsville United does.

She invited anyone interested in joining the group to attend meetings held each second Monday of the month in the Campbellsville University Technology Training Center in room 205.

Washington is employed by Adanta Mental Health as an in-home therapist. She is a 2006 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College and has a master’s degree in education.

She served as past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and the 11th district of the Kentucky Parents and Teachers Association.

She is secretary for the Extension Council, participant in the Central Kentucky News-Journal Bookends Reading Club and member of a Few Good Men and Few Good Women Readers sponsored by FRYSC.

She is marred to the Rev. James T. Washington III, former pastor of Pleasant Union Baptist Church. She belongs to the church’s usher board and alternative Sunday School teacher for women’s class and is a former member of the minister and deacons wives council.

She and her husband have four children and two grandchildren.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.

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