Hilda Legg named Campbellsville University Distinguished Alumni

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Hilda Legg, second from left, received the Campbellsville University Distinguished Alumni Award at Homecoming. A 1974 graduate, she was grand marshal for the Homecoming parade. Making the presentation were from left: Dr. John Chowning, executive assistant to the president for government, community and constituent relations at Campbellsville University; Dr. Michael V. Carter, president; Benji Kelly, vice president for development; 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. – “She has demonstrated ethics, accomplishment, humility and dedication in public service,” Dr. John Chowning, executive assistant to the president of Campbellsville University for government, community and constituent relations, said as he introduced Hilda Legg as the 2019 Distinguished Alumni at the annual Alumni Reception and Award Ceremony Oct. 18 on Stapp Lawn as a part of Homecoming 2019.

Legg was the grand marshal of the Homecoming parade Oct. 19.

“She understands the meaning of hard work,” Chowning spoke of Legg’s accomplishments.

From active participation in political processes under four separate U.S. presidents, including serving under President Donald Trump, to running her own consulting business as an advocate for bringing broadband access to rural residents, Chowning recognized Legg as being “a very deserving recipient” of the award.

“I have been blessed beyond my imagination,” Legg said as she accepted the award, “just because of the support and the love of the people who make this college accessible. You have no idea how many lives you’ve touched and will continue to touch.”

Legg spoke of the significance of Campbellsville University’s impact.

“For all the hours that you give, for the donations and contributions that are made, those are the influences that you all, the younger ones, can be in the future,” she said.

“The doors are wide open; all you’ve got to do is step through them,” Legg said as she encouraged the younger members of the audience to take advantage of the opportunities offered to them at the university. She mentioned her gratitude and appreciation to the people who gave her the opportunity to be where she is today.

“I’m very honored and humbled.” Legg is married and has a son, Dane.

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 www.campbellsville.edu.

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.