Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Kathy E. Walker of Paintsville and Craig Preece of Lovely to the Morehead State University
Board of Regents.
"We are delighted with the appointments of Craig Preece and Kathy Walker to the MSU Board of Regents," said President Wayne D. Andrews. "We know they will be committed to the University and our mission. They support our goal of becoming the best public regional university in the South."
Preece succeeds Wayne Martin of Winchester, who resigned in July. Preece will serve for the remainder of an unexpired term ending June 30, 2016.
Preece, chief financial officer of Booth Energy, received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Morehead State University.
After graduation in 1984, he joined the Walter P. Walters Insurance Agency. In 1986, the Martin County native accepted an accounting position with Booth Energy. He started an insurance agency along with several partners in 1989. Preece serves as vice president at the company, Elite Agency, which now has seven offices with locations across central and east Kentucky.
In 1995, Preece became the chief financial officer of Booth Energy and its various retail enterprises.
He was honored as the recipient of the 2013 College of Business and Public Affairs Distinguished Alumni Award. Preece is currently a member of several boards, including the Roy F. Collier Community Center in Inez, Coal Operators Associates, and Big Sandy Area Development. He serves as chairman of the nominating committee for Big Sandy Community and Technical College, and is chairman of the Martin County School Board. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the MSU Foundation.
For more than 20 years, Preece has performed southern gospel, singing with the Journeymen and the Remnant. He and his wife, April, have three children: Whitney Paige Preece Schmitt, Sean-Craig and Cara Bell Preece, and recently became grandparents.
Walker is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Elm Street Resources Inc., an energy marketing company based in Paintsville.
Born in Tucson, Arizona, she grew up in Lexington. A graduate of Bryan Station High School, Walker received her Master of Business Administration from Xavier University. During her time at XU, she was selected for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business school honor society.
Prior to starting Elm Street, she served as controller of Agip Coal, USA in Washington, D.C.
She is currently a member of the board of the Kentucky Coal Association, and the Executive Committee of the National Coal Council, Washington, D.C. She is also a member of the Kentucky Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee, Louisville, and an advisory board member to the Center for International Business at Xavier University. Past accomplishments include founder and board member of the Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the United States of America, and founder and board member of First Security Bank, Lexington.
Walker and her husband, Marvin, an attorney, have two children, Bryan and Alessandra. Walker's term will expire on June 30, 2020. She succeeds Cheryl U. Lewis of Hyden, who had served since 2008.
MSU's 11-member governing board is comprised of eight citizens appointed by the governor and elected representatives of the faculty, staff and students.
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