February 17, 2011 9:00 AM
Pikeville College recently honored members of the James F. Record Heritage Society, paying special tribute to William B. Sturgill, former chairman of the board and trustee emeritus, for his vision, philanthropic spirit and dedication to advancing the institution.
In recognition of his special commitment as a member of the Board of Trustees for 18 years, five as chairman, Pikeville College established the William B. Sturgill Leadership Legacy Award. The award will be presented annually to a recipient whose service to Pikeville College exemplifies Sturgill’s belief that the key to improving the quality of life is through education. Sturgill served as chairman of the Pikeville College Board of Trustees during a time of great progress.
The first recipient is Robert C. Ayotte, a former member of the board of trustees. Ayotte currently serves as chairman of the capital campaign leadership council for the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCSOM) new educational facility: “The Coal Building.”
Also honored was Pikeville College professor Gene Lovel who received the William B. and Eloise W. Sturgill Distinguished Professorship. The award recognizes faculty members for their dedication and commitment to the college and for advancing education in Eastern Kentucky. Lovel, a member of the Pikeville College family for 29 years, is currently a professor of economics and serves as the college’s faculty athletic representative and the eligibility chairman for the Mid-South Conference.
The James F. Record Heritage Society was hosted by trustee Richard Sturgill and his wife, Tracie.
During the annual gathering in Lexington, Ky., Pikeville College President Paul Patton provided an update on the college and continued progress on campus.
Guests were entertained by Pikeville College students Jessica Limberis and Ariq Skinner and PCSOM student John Manire. Janean Freeman, assistant professor of music, provided piano accompaniment.