Keith R. Kappes of Morehead will be presented the 2014
Founders Award for University Service during Morehead State University’s
Homecoming Banquet Friday, Oct. 3, at the Adron Doran University Center.
retired from Morehead State University in 2008 after 40 years of service,
including 18 as a vice president. He currently serves as publisher of weekly
newspapers in Morehead, Grayson and Olive Hill.
Founders Award for University Service is the most significant award that we
provide to alums of Morehead State,” said Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, president.
“Keith served many roles during his tenure and was tremendously influential on
the agenda of this university for many, many years. He is a great supporter not
only of MSU but of higher education.”
native of Carter County, Kappes is a two-time graduate of MSU. He joined the
staff in 1969 as a writer in the campus news bureau and has held many titles
over the years, which encompass MSU’s efforts in fundraising, marketing,
legislative affairs, community relations, and other public relations
activities, including media. He also has had oversight in other areas including
Athletics, Kentucky Folk Art Center, Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, Morehead
State Public Radio, Alumni Relations, Publications/Printing and many other
outreach efforts. In addition, he served as chief executive officer of the
Morehead State University Foundation Inc.
the years, Kappes has devoted himself to advancing MSU and higher education at
the local, state and national levels. He is highly respected statewide for his
extensive knowledge of Kentucky’s higher education system’s evolution and for
his insight into the workings of the state’s political system.
am thrilled and honored to be chosen as a recipient of this award,” Kappes
said. “When I helped President Morris Norfleet develop the criteria for this
award way back in 1978, I never dreamed that someday I would receive it.”
concern for the University extended into the community and region it serves
because of his awareness of the symbiotic relationship between the two. A voice in the community, he has served on
the boards of various organizations, including Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of
Commerce, Morehead-Rowan County Industrial Development Authority and the Rowan
County Ethics Commission. He has accepted leadership positions in many
organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Morehead Tourism Commission
and People’s Clinic Foundation, as well as the Kentucky Council for the
Advancement and Support of Education.
dedication to MSU and the greater Morehead community did not stop when he
retired. He has continued to serve on the boards of various organizations.
Founders Award for University Service was established by the Board of Regents
in 1978 and has been presented each year to individuals with records of
outstanding service to the University over a sustained period.
first recipient of this award was the late W. E. Crutcher, publisher of The
Morehead News and several other area newspapers,” said Kappes. “He has been my
role model of a newspaper publisher totally committed to the betterment of his
Kappes and his wife, Janet, a retired elementary teacher, are the
parents of eight children and the grandparents of 16.
recipients have included W. E. Crutcher, 1978; Linus A. Fair, 1979; Carl D.
Perkins, 1980; Dr. Warren C. Lappin, 1981; Dr. Ted L. Crosthwait, 1982; Monroe
Wicker, 1983; Lloyd Cassity, 1984; Grace Crosthwaite, 1985; Boone Logan, 1986;
Dr. Rondal D. Hart, 1987; George T. Young, 1988; John E. Collis, 1989; Dr.
Wilhelm Exelbirt, 1990; Dr. R. H. Playforth, 1991; Dr. Mary Northcutt Powell,
1992; Senator Woody May, 1993; Dr. J. E. Duncan, 1994; Sherman R. Arnett and
Harlen L. Hamm, 1995;
Dr. Adron Doran, 1996; Robert S. Bishop and
Martin Huffman, 1997; Dr. Charles J. Pelfrey, 1998; Carolyn S. Flatt, 1999; Dr.
Earl J. Bentley, 2000; Mrs. Mignon Doran, 2001; Dr. C. Nelson Grote, 2002; Merl
F. Allen, 2003; Dr. John C. Philley, 2004; Dr. Charles M. Derrickson, 2005; Dr.
John R. Duncan, 2006; Steve A. Hamilton, 2007; Dr. Marshall Banks, 2008; Dr.
Randy Wells, 2009; Dr. Jack D. Ellis,
2010; Ms. Lucille Caudill Little, 2011; Rocky J. Adkins, 2012; and Clyde I.
homecoming celebration will be held Oct. 2-4. Additional information is
available by calling Office of Alumni and
Constituent Relations at 606-783-2080; 800-783-ALUM or visiting www.moreheadstate.edu/homecoming/.
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