Greetings and accolades were spoken by a list of dignitaries including Dr. Thelma White, President/Chief Executive Officer of ECTC.
White was credited by many of the speakers for being the driving force behind the formation of the educational center becoming a reality.
Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, Board of Directors President, Barry Cannon, began the list of speakers, which included Judge-Executive Gary Logsdon, who presented Dr. White with a gift basket from the Walter T. Kelley Company.
Mayor William Thomason presented Dr. White with a key to the City of Leitchfield, with the help of his wife, Carolyn Thomason, who sits on the ECTC Board of Directors.
Governor Steve Beshear’s office was represented by Frank Smith, Field Representative.
Dr. Joseph Wise III, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, member, spoke briefly congratulating Grayson County on the new addition to the community.
Wayne Meriwether, CEO, Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, gave humorous remarks saying he learned from his predecessor, Stephen Meredith, that the hospital was building a college with money from a bee company. Meriwether went on the say how his family was new to the area, and he has learned that the local citizens do not find it odd that the Kelley Bee Company would invest in the community. He says Mr. Kelley’s wishes to name the hospital as his benefactor makes it “quite simple” to have the hospital involved in this project, and a “natural extension of Mr. Kelley’s wishes.”
Dr. Michael McCall, President, Kentucky Community & Technical College System said he was not surprised to have Dr. White already speaking with him about the next two phases planned for the Leitchfield campus, and congratulated all the entities involved in making this 74th campus for the KCTC program a reality.
Stephen Meredith, retired CEO, Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center, was referred to by Dr. White as the “champion and leader of this project.” Meredith called the campus “our Statue of Liberty.”
“What a great day for Grayson County, “Meredith began, and went on to call the campus the community’s rudder; “Too long we’ve been a ship without a rudder, kind of sailing aimlessly on an ocean of change, being pushed here and there by both the winds of adversity and the winds of opportunity; but today with this campus we have a rudder. Not just being a rudder, but this is our Statue of Liberty. Divine providence is all over this project; if you look at the very location, at the top of the hill, where everyone can see, that’s why I say it’s our Statue of Liberty. I hope everyone can see that it’s a path to prosperity.”