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May 28, 2009

National Healthcare Leader Honored by Campbellsville University’s Louisville Campus

Louisville, Ky. – A leading healthcare administrator from Louisville was honored Memorial Day Weekend by Campbellsville University at its Louisville Campus.  Al Cornish, Vice President for Norton Healthcare was awarded the university’s coveted Campbellsville University Leadership Award for his national, state and local leadership in the field of healthcare.  The presentation was made at the annual Louisville Campus Graduate Celebration/Convocation, held May 22, 2009.  This traditional banquet features the presentation of special honors and awards, especially for students of the Louisville Campus after they receive their diplomas in the main campus commencement exercises.

Al Cornish, Vice President for Norton Healthcare, was the guest speaker at theannual Campbellsville University Louisville Campus Graduate Celebration/Convocation held May 22, 2009.(CU photo by Linda Waggener)

“Al Cornish has demonstrated a life of helping others,” said Dr. H. Keith Spears, Vice President for Regional and Professional Education.  “As indicated by the award, the universal attributes of fellowship, leadership and scholarship are those that are displayed daily by this community leader. Al Cornish goes well beyond any expectations of executive leadership.”  Cornish, who has been recognized both regionally and nationally for his civic and business leadership, is a two-time honors graduate from University of Maryland and Lacrosse University. 

“Al Cornish is the type of individual whom we would like for our students to emulate,” said Dr. Frank Cheatham, Vice President of Academics.  “His success in business corresponds directly with his accomplishments in the many community associations in which he participates.  We are pleased to welcome him into the Campbellsville University Leadership Circle.” Cheatham and Spears made the presentation on behalf of President Michael V. Carter who was in Idaho, attending the first appearance of the CU’s baseball team in the NAIA Collegiate World Series. 

Al Cornish, Vice President for Norton Healthcare, was awarded Campbellsville University's Leadership Award for his national, state and local leadership in the field of healthcare. Dr. Frank Cheatham, left, Vice President for Academics at Campbellsville University, joined Dr. H. Keith Spears, at right, Vice President for Regional and Professional Education at CU, in presenting the medalat the annual Louisville Campus Graduate Celebration/Convocation, held May 22, 2009. (CU photo by Linda Waggener)

Additional special awards were presented to Lawrence Wigginton who received the Outstanding Organizational Management Award from Dr. Pat Cowherd, Dean of the CU School of Business and Economics; and to Stephanie Barber who received the Outstanding Pastoral Ministries Award from Dr. John Hurtgen, Dean of the CU School of Theology.


Graduates were recognized individually by Jim Woolums, Director of the Louisville Campus, and by Kelli Gwilt, Assistant Director.

“I am very proud to recognize each of our graduates at the Louisville campus.” Woolums said. “They have worked hard balancing life, job, family and school. It is also an honor to serve men and women like this because they want an education and know it can open tremendous opportunities for them.”

The 2009 Campbellsville University Louisville Campus graduates follow.

Master of Theology: Dale Carey, Joel Carwile, James Gribbins and Michael Hearn.

Bachelor of Science in Christian Social Ministries: Michelle Brimm and Robin Wilson.

Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministries: Stephanie Barber, Corey Biddle, Cory Blair, Corey Coolidge, Brandon Doyle and Stephen Mullins.

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management: Sean Cook, Shane Harrod, Jessica McBride, Jane McCawley,Joshua McFarland and Lawrence Wigginton.

Associate Degree in General Studies: Devonne Johnson and Barry Wethington.

During the event Dr. Spears introduced the new dean for Campbellsville University’s School of Nursing, Bob Wade, who will begin July 1 at the main campus. He also acknowledged the staff members present: Woolums, Gwilt, James Gribbins, Coordinator of Admissions; Josh McFarland, Technology Coordinator and Katie Houck, Director of First Impressions, all decked out in their servant aprons declaring, “Campbellsville University Louisville Campus,Serving…”

Attending from the main campus were Cheatham, Cowherd, Hurtgen, Emma Revis, Director of Foundation Relations; Carol Sullivan, Director of the CU Technology Training Center; Linda Waggener, Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator and Shannon Clark, Alumni Director.

Clark welcomed the new graduates into the Alumni Association and expressed the university staff’s congratulations.

For more information, Dr. Keith Spears can be reached at  (502) 753-0264 or by e-mail at: or visit

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky with a Louisville Campus located at 2300 Greene Way, just off Hurstbourne Parkway in the Stonybrook area of East Louisville. 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’s main campus 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.