Alumni Spotlights
Kathy Spears, '87

By: Michelle Goff
May 16, 2016

Kathy Spears’ experience at Pikeville College wasn’t what she thought it would be. In fact, it was better than she expected. “I had been out of school for many years,” Spears recalls. “I started college when I was 31, and I ... Read More

Brooke Campbell Walters,’03, and Shadd Walters, ’02

By: Michelle Goff
April 15, 2016

Although they didn’t know it at the time, the lives of Shadd and Brooke Campbell Walters changed in September 1999 on what University of Pikeville students and alumni refer to as “the bridge.” “We met at the first bridge social ... Read More

Kayla Bandy, 08

By: Michelle Goff
March 15, 2016

For Kayla Bandy, the road to the University of Pikeville started not in her hometown in Danville, Va., but in Ohio. “My parents took me to a bowling tournament in Ohio,” Bandy says. “April Ellis, LaDeanna Damron and Tracy Miller ... Read More

Rossalene Cox, '75

By: Michelle Goff
February 15, 2016

As is the case with most people, Rossalene Mullins Cox has experienced her share of ups and downs. She’s survived breast cancer and a copperhead bite, but she also won $63,535 in cash and prizes on “Wheel of Fortune.” “For the ... Read More

Dave Compton, '03, '13MBA

By: Michelle Goff
January 15, 2016

When it came time for Dave Compton to choose a college, he didn’t even consider leaving his native Pikeville. “I had no interest in leaving the area. My family was here and I was also active in the church,” Compton recalls. &ldquo ... Read More

Doug Hinkle, '53J

By: Michelle Goff
December 15, 2015

Doug Hinkle’s connection to the University of Pikeville began in 1927 – years before he was even born. Doug, an alumnus of the Pikeville College Junior College, a former University of Pikeville trustee, and a long-time benefactor to the ... Read More

Jillian Coleman Reed, '02

By: Michelle Goff
November 17, 2015

You might say Jillian Coleman Reed, ’02, enjoyed her time at the University of Pikeville. “I loved dorm life,” Reed says. “I liked the convenience and how I got to be with my best friends all the time. I was an only child ... Read More

Matilda Lovins Simpson, '52J, 58

By: Michelle Goff
November 17, 2015

Growing up, Matilda Lovins Simpson, known as Tillie, never considered the possibility of attending college. “I was from a poor family,” recalls the Knott County native. “I didn’t have any money.” Tillie’s ... Read More

Richard Hodges

By: Richard Hodges
July 10, 2015

I was born in Pikeville in 1928 and attended Pikeville College Training School (PCTS) my first six grades in the 1930s until my family moved to Ashland in 1940. During the years I attended the training school, our family lived across the street from ... Read More

Marcia Slone Thompson, '81

By: Cody Davis, '17
April 20, 2015

The University of Pikeville has produced many civil servants and outstanding members of communities that give back in any way they find possible. Many of these people just happen to be educators, judges or the friendly neighborhood politician. With ... Read More

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