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Nov. 6, 2008

For Immediate Release

MARY FRANCES MAY HONORED FOR 16 YEARS OF SERVICE TO CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

By Linda Waggener, marketing and media relations coordinator

Mary Frances May of Columbia was honored Tuesday by Campbellsville University’s Board of Trustees for over 16 years of service on the Board.

Campbellsville University board members honored Mary Frances May with a plaque for her service as a trustee. She is shown here with CU leaders, from left: Dr. Jay Conner, President Michael V. Carter and Dr. David Morris. (Campbellsville University Photo by Linda Waggener)

President Michael V. Carter said, “Mary Frances is an outstanding Trustee and we will continue to look to her for strong leadership and guidance. She has served on a number of key Board committees and remains a strong advocate for the students of the institution.”

Over the years, she has provided leadership as vice chair and member of the Student Services Committee, served as a member of the Building and Grounds Committee, a member of the Board's Committee on Vision for the Second Century and has been a member of the strategic planning committee.

Mary Frances May is shown in front of the historic homeplace where she and her sister Emily, daugthers of Walter and Nina Yarberry Edwards, live just outside of Columbia, Ky. (Campbellsville University Photo by Linda Waggener)

However, she is not the first member of her family with a strong connection to CU. Her great uncle George Durrett was one of the founding members of the school in 1906. He was part of the Russell Creek Association of Baptists who founded the Academy which would grow into Campbellsville University.

Former CU Trustee and leader of the Columbia Baptist Church Hunter Durham recruited fellow Baptist Mary Frances May when she first moved home to the historic Edwards family place after retirement.

Another descendent, Mrs. Wayne Wells of Campbellsville, is Durrett’s great granddaughter.

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.