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Hall of Fame

The College of Arts & Sciences inducted six new members into its Hall of Fame.

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Alumni Inductees

Jennifer L. Garr, Topical Studies B.A. ’86, was inducted for her contributions to the branding and communications industry, leading brand strategy and communications initiatives for successful brands all over the world. In addition to her professional pursuits, she has proved an active and productive citizen, serving on the board of directors for a number of philanthropic ventures and sharing her expertise as an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston, as well as serving on the Arts & Sciences National Strategy Council.

W. Bruce Lunsford, Political Science B.A. ’69, has founded and led multiple businesses in Louisville employing over 100,000 individuals nationwide. In addition to his business pursuits, he has maintained a close relationship with UK, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1987, and has proven himself a dedicated civil servant, serving as Kentucky’s Secretary of Commerce from 1981 to 1983.

Rodney F. Page, Political Science B.A. ’68, was inducted for his successful career in law. Having graduated from Harvard Law School in 1971, he joined Washington, D.C., law firm Arent Fox Kinter Plotkin & Kahn, remaining until 1997. He then moved on to Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, where he worked in a number of leadership positions. He has also been active in his community, serving as a member of his local school board and in a number of positions in his church.

LaVon Williams Jr., General Studies B.G.S. ’80, was a member of the 1978 national champion UK basketball team and is now known as an artist. Using traditional wood-carving techniques passed down through his family, he creates art depicting contemporary African-American life. A retrospective of his artwork, "Rhythm in Relief," was mounted by the Kentucky Folk Art Center of Morehead, Ky., in 2009 and traveled extensively in Kentucky and Ohio.


Faculty Inductees

Dr. David M. Allen, Agriculture B.S. ’61, M.S. ’64 (Dr. Bing Zhang Department of Statistics), was raised on a farm near Sebree, Ky. He discovered the field of statistics while conducting his master’s research and was the first faculty member hired by the Department of Statistics when it was founded in 1967. Over the course of his career, he served five years as department chair, two terms as director of graduate studies and mentored many students who have gone on to successful careers.

Dr. Sheldon M. Steiner, Microbiology M.S.’64, Ph.D. ’67 (Department of Biology), returned to UK as an associate professor in 1978 after spending a decade building his skills at other universities. Over the course of his long career at UK, he was the chair of the Department of Biology for three years and associate chair for another. A beloved mentor, his research has made significant contributions in the fight against cancer through his focus on the development of methods to inhibit cancer growth.