Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1555 ext 308
Cell: 502-330-6596

NOTE TO EDITORS: Award recipients are natives or residents of Johnson, Jefferson, Fayette, Kenton, Knox, and Lincoln counties.

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The postsecondary education community recognized three outstanding graduates and two outstanding faculty members at an awards dinner last night during the 2006 Governor’s Conference on Postsecondary Education Trusteeship in Hebron, Kentucky. Secretary of State Trey Grayson presented the Outstanding Alumnus of Kentucky (OAK) and Acorn Awards on behalf of the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of postsecondary education in Kentucky.

The OAK Awards were inaugurated in 1987 to recognize outstanding alumni of Kentucky colleges and universities. Recipients of the OAK award hold an undergraduate degree from a public or independent Kentucky college or university, have achieved national stature and reputation in their chosen career and have exhibited a lifelong affection for, and attachment to, their alma mater and to Kentucky.  This year’s OAK winners are:

  • Karen Kaye Caldwell - Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky College of Law
  • Marcetta York Darensbourg - Union College
  • William T. Robinson III - Thomas More College and the University of Kentucky College of Law

The Acorn Award, first presented in 1992 by the Kentucky Advocates, recognizes outstanding teachers at Kentucky’s public or independent colleges and universities with a $5,000 honorarium.  Recipients are chosen based on information they provide about their reasons for selecting college teaching as a profession, their philosophy of teaching, and their professional achievements. The 2006 Acorn Award recipients are:

  • Peter Stanley Fosl - Transylvania University
  • Thomas David Matijasic - Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Big Sandy Community and Technical College

            “Kentucky is fortunate to have superb faculty and alumni associated with our postsecondary institutions,” said Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “Their contributions to educational and civic efforts bring unique value and richness to the Commonwealth.”


Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses eight public institutions and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 239,445 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni and 294,896 GED graduates. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and their families.



Last Updated 9/18/2006