Opening convocation marks a new academic year at UPIKE

The University of Pikeville will embark on a new academic year during its 2021 Opening Convocation ceremony. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually via Zoom and live-streamed on UPIKE’s official Facebook page for students, faculty, staff and the community at 11 a.m., on Thursday, September 2. 

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Pike County Public Health Director Tammy M. Riley. Riley has become a familiar face guiding Pike County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the Public Health Director for the Pike County Health Department, Riley serves as a diverse community health advocate and skilled allied health education professional experienced in developing hospital and agency partnerships. With a strong public relations background, Riley promotes community health across private, public and governmental sectors, providing various public health services to the community served by the department as appointing authority. 

Currently, Riley serves on the board of the Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition, UNITE Pike, the YMCA Board of Directors, and as the East Kentucky Representative of the Kentucky Health Directors Association Executive Committee. 

Riley is a 1992 graduate of the University of Pikeville and earned her Master of Arts degree in Adult and Higher Education from Morehead State University.