Midway University Recognizes Outstanding Students, Faculty at Honors Night Ceremony

Midway University Recognizes Outstanding Students, Faculty at Honors Night Ceremony

Midway, Ky. – At its second annual Spotlight Awards ceremony on May 28, Midway University honored two well-known Kentuckians, Jean Hale and Elizabeth “Libby” Lloyd Jones.

Hale, the President and CEO of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., was honored with the L.L. Pinkerton Vision Award for her accomplishments as a leader and role model for women in the Commonwealth. Named after Dr. L.L. Pinkerton, founder of the Kentucky Female Orphan School, which would later become Midway University, the award honors an individual or group who has had a direct impact on improving the lives of women, served as an outstanding role model for women and young ladies, or who has displayed great leadership, innovative thinking and influence in her chosen career.

A coal miner’s daughter, Ms. Hale rose from humble roots in Pikeville, Ky. and now runs a $3.8 billion company with more than 1,000 employees and is recognized as one of the top 25 most powerful women in banking nationwide. She is a passionate advocate for building communities through support and leadership. She is actively involved with Commonwealth Seed Capital, the Appalachian Regional Health Foundation and the University of Pikeville.

“Throughout her impressive career, Jean Hale has become a role model to other women throughout Kentucky,” said Dr. John P. Marsden, President Midway University. “Her leadership, generosity and innovative spirit make her an ideal recipient of the L.L. Pinkerton Vision Award.”

Midway University also presented the Legacy Award to Libby Lloyd Jones for her years of dedicated service to and support for the institution.

Jones is a second-generation Midway University Trustee who followed in the footsteps of her father, Adjutant General Arthur Y. Lloyd when she accepted a seat on the institution’s board in 1979. She now serves as Chair of the Board’s Academic Committee.

“For more than 35 years, Libby Lloyd Jones has been a tremendous advocate for Midway University, its mission and its students,” said Board President Donna Moore. “All of us at Midway are so glad that she is a part of our community and has given her time, talents and support to this special place.”

In addition to her service at Midway University, Jones is a Director of American Farmland Trust, Vice-Chair of Bluegrass Conservancy, Founding Director of Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, and Director of the Kentucky Historical Society Foundation.

A lifelong Woodford County farmer, Jones is active in soil conservation efforts statewide. As a director of the P.A.C.E. Board, she is dedicated to protecting Kentucky’s most productive farmlands in perpetuity.

In addition to honoring Jean Hale and Libby Lloyd Jones, the Spotlight Awards is a fundraising event. All proceeds from the event are used to support student scholarships and academic programming at Midway University.

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