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University of Pikeville alumni honors

November 15, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Five individuals have been recognized for their outstanding achievements and commitment to the University of Pikeville. The awards were part of this year’s Homecoming celebration.

Justin Hall, class of 1997, received the Rising Young Alumni Award for his professional achievements, pursuit of excellence early in his career and the commitment and positive impact he has made in service to others. A native of Elkhorn City, Hall has more than 15 years experience in software and website development and is the president of Bit Source, a software development company in Pikeville. Hall and his wife, Kristen, live in Lexington with their three children, Logan, Riley and Maggie.

Boyd R. Buser, D.O., FACOFP, vice president for health affairs and dean of the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, was presented with the Honorary Alumni Award. The award is recognizes individuals who are not graduates, but whose service reflects the spirit and tradition of the University of Pikeville. In July, Buser was installed as the 120th president of the American Osteopathic Association. He also has served as president of the American Academy of Osteopathy and in 1994 was named Educator of the Year by both the AOA and the American Osteopathic Foundation. Buser and his wife, Pam, live in Pikeville.

Donnie Akers, O.D., class of 1994, assistant clinical professor at the Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO), received the Distinguished Alumni Award, presented to alumni whose contributions have enriched the lives of others and who bring honor and distinction to the individuals, their families and the University of Pikeville. A native of Dana, Ky., Akers earned a doctor of optometry degree from the Indiana University School of Optometry. He returned to Eastern Kentucky and practiced optometry in Paintsville for 15 years before becoming a founding faculty member at KYCO. Akers lives in Pikeville with his wife, Robyn.

The University of Pikeville Alumni Association also recognized Tommy Chamberlin, class of 1996, with the Gary Thrash Outstanding Ambassador Award. Named for the alumnus and longtime board member, the award is presented to recipients whose service to the college and alumni association exemplifies Thrash’s dedication to the university mission. Chamberlin serves as president of UPIKE’s Alumni Association. He earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of Louisville School of Law in 2000 and currently serves as chief assistant Pike County Attorney. Chamberlin enjoys history and archeology and is exhibit director of Khirbet el-Maqatir – A Journey through Biblical History, a biblical archaeological exhibit that will be on display in Pikeville, beginning in January. He and his wife, Erin, live in Pikeville with their daughter, Annah.

Amy Williamson, class of 2010, of Pikeville, was recognized as Volunteer of the Year for her servant leadership, volunteerism and selfless commitment to the University of Pikeville. Williamson, a tax professional at H&R Block, has been volunteering with the UPIKE Alumni Association for six years. Describing this experience as a “tremendous blessing,” Williamson said looks forward to more opportunities to volunteer at UPIKE.


Five individuals were recognized during the University of Pikeville’s Homecoming celebration for their outstanding achievements and commitment to the university. Pictured, from left, UPIKE alumni award recipients Donnie Akers, O.D., Justin Hall, Boyd Buser, D.O., Amy Williamson, Tommy Chamberlin, and UPIKE President Burton Webb.

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