Nov. 17, 2010
For Immediate Release
| The Campbellsville University Racial Reconciliation Award was recently presented to local leader
the Rev. Michael Caldwell, center, pastor of Pleasant Union Baptist Church. From left are: Yevette
Haskins, co-chair of Greater Campbellsville United; Dr. Frank Cheatham, CU vice president for
academic affairs; Caldwell; John Chowning, CU vice president for church and external relations and
executive assistant to the president; and Wanda Washington, coordinator of GCU. (Campbellsville
University Photo by Linda Waggener)
By Linda Waggener, marketing and media relations coordinator
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — The Campbellsville University 2010 Racial Reconciliation Award was presented to the Rev. Michael Caldwell at the annual celebration of the university’s Dialogue on Race by John Chowning, CU vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president.
The Campbellsville University Racial Reconciliation Award is given to individuals who have a record of servant leadership in bringing people together across lines of race and ethnicity, and who have been significant bridge builders for their community.
In presenting the 2010 award, Chowning said, “The warmth of Rev. Caldwell’s spirit and the servant leader’s role that he fills brings people together across boundaries which have divided us in the past.”
Caldwell has had a distinguished career in leadership, the Rev. John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at CU, said. His accomplishments include having worked with the University of Kentucky College Extension Service, pastor of Pleasant Union Baptist Church, service as president of the Taylor County Ministerial Association, moderator of the Zion District Ministers and Messengers auxiliary, director of the Zion District Institute, a leader who helped forge the partnership between Campbellsville University and Zion Bible Institute and his service as an active board member of Greater Campbellsville United.
Caldwell is a native of the Cane Valley community of Adair County where his parents, George and Catherine, still reside. His parents and other family remain active members of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He was the first African-American student to attend the Cane Valley Elementary School.
Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with over 3,000 students offering 63 undergraduate programs, 17 master’s degrees and five postgraduate areas. The website for complete information is campbellsville.edu.