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McGaha, former state senator, to speak at chapel Oct. 6

McGaha, former state senator, to speak at chapel Oct. 6
Vernie McGaha

By Gerard Flanagan, news writer/photographer/social media, Office of University Communications

Editor’s Note: Due to an illness in his family, McGaha will not be able to speak at Heritage Day. However, Heritage Day will still be held. 

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.—Vernie McGaha, a former Kentucky state senator, will speak at Campbellsville University’s chapel at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville as part of the university’s Heritage Day.

Heritage Day at Campbellsville University is about reflecting on the history of CU’s traditions.

McGaha represented Kentucky’s 15th Senate District, which included Adair, Casey, Russell and Pulaski counties, from 1997 to 2013.

A 1965 graduate of Adair County High School, McGaha studied music at Campbellsville College and graduated in 1969 with a bachelor of science degree. He received his master’s degree in 1971 from Western Kentucky University and his Rank 1 from WKU in 1973.

Before entering politics, McGaha had a career in education that spanned almost three decades. From 1969 to 1986, McGaha served as band director at Russell County High School. He was also principal of Union Chapel Elementary School from 1986 to 1987 and principal at Russell County Middle School from 1988 to 1996.

McGaha has also been a member of the Crossroads Quartet since 1960.

McGaha is married to Connie Sue Smith McGaha, and they have two children.

All chapels are televised on WLCU (Comcast Cable channel 10 and digital channel 15), streamed on Campbellsville University’s Facebook page and and can be found at

At this time, masks are required for all in-person gatherings on the Campbellsville University campus. The university follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Commonwealth of Kentucky guidelines on best practices.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 12,500 students offering over 100 programs of study including Ph.D., master, baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional and certification programs. The website for complete information is