Alumni Spotlights
Jeremy Burnette, '94

By: Whitney E. Copley, '08
September 12, 2013

Jeremy Burnette works as an attorney at a large international firm based in Atlanta, but if you had asked him when he entered college as a freshman how he envisioned the path his life would take, he would have been at a loss for words. The son of a heavy ... Read More

Kathy Fleming Magnes

By: Whitney E. Copley
August 20, 2013

It is doubtful that any little girl climbed upon her daddy’s knees and said, “I want to be an administrator when I grow up.” Yet, this is the dream-of-a-lifetime career for one University of Pikeville alumna, made possible by three ... Read More

David Lester

By: Whitney E. Copley
June 21, 2013

Alumnus David Lester will become the next superintendent of Pike County Schools this August. Lester, a 35-year veteran of the Pike County School System, was elected during a special meeting on June 4, 2013, by a majority vote of the Pike County Board ... Read More

Nick Jamerson

By: Jordan M. Gibson, '08
May 21, 2013

Nick Jamerson is half of the up-and-coming country music duo, Sundy Best, which will open for Corey Smith at the East Kentucky Expo Center on Friday, May 24. A 2010 alumnus, Jamerson is a Prestonsburg, Ky., native who draws inspiration for his lyrics ... Read More

David B. Short

By: Whitney E. Copley
March 14, 2013

Raised in Letcher County in Eastern Kentucky, by two wonderful parents, David Short was taught at an early age the importance of values, character, work ethic and God. “My mother, Reta Short, stayed home and raised four children while our father ... Read More

Lisa Trivette

By: Whitney E. Copley
February 15, 2013

One would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated Bears’ fan than Lisa Trivette. She makes her best attempt to attend all UPIKE home basketball games and, when her work schedule permits, she goes on the road to see the Bears in action. Trivette ... Read More

Jay Shepherd

By: Whitney E. Copley
November 15, 2012

As Marketing Director of the Pike County Tourism, Convention, and Visitors Bureau, Jay Shepherd makes a living by being submersed in the region’s heritage, history and events. As a result of the History Channel’s highly-acclaimed &ldquo ... Read More

Frank Welch

By: Whitney E. Copley
October 03, 2012

The University of Pikeville holds a special place in the heart of alumnus Frank Welch. Attending then Pikeville College, he received more than he could have ever fathomed: an education, which provided him the foundation to become the quintessential ... Read More

Jesse Rudd II

By: Whitney E. Copley
August 07, 2012

“Since I was a small boy, I have always dreamed of following in my dad's footsteps and owning my own business someday. He never encouraged me to follow his career path in the coal industry. Rather, he always encouraged ... Read More

Brad Hall

By: Whitney E. Copley
July 18, 2012

Brad Hall’s name is synonymous with economic development in Southeastern Kentucky. In 2007, he became the President/CEO of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, and under his leadership the Chamber experienced tremendous growth. In 2011, four ... Read More

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