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Pacesetter of the Year

Dr. Barbara M. Veazey, president of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, was recently named the 2012 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 2 Pacesetter of the Year.

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations connects marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges in seven districts across the U.S. and Canada. As one of the fastest growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, NCMPR has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges across the United States, Canada and other countries. District 2 of NCMPR includes members from 13 states.

The Pacesetter of the Year Award recognizes a community college president or CEO who has demonstrated special leadership and support in marketing and public relations. As the District 2 recipients, Dr. Veazey automatically becomes a nominee for the national award, which will be presented in Chicago in March.

Dr. Veazey said she was honored by the award which she accepted personally at the 2012 District 2 Conference October 21-24 in Hilton Head, S.C.

A Marshall County, Ky., native, Dr. Veazey was named president/CEO of Paducah Community College (PCC) and West Kentucky Technical College (WKTC) in 2002 and became the first president of West Kentucky Community and Technical College when the two colleges consolidated in 2003. Dr. Veazey has bachelors and masters degrees from Murray State University, a masters degree in nursing from the University of Evansville and a doctorate in education administration from Southern Illinois University.

During the October 23 awards presentation, WKCTC also received six District 2 marketing and public relations awards. They were:
Two gold awards in the special events promotion category for the 2012 WKCTC Open House (Blair Travis of Calvert City) and in the brochure/flier category for the 2011-2012 Clemens Fine Arts Center brochure (Gail Robinson Butler of Paducah);
Two silver awards in the nifty and thrifty category for the WKCTC Service Learning booklet (Janett Blythe of Mayfield) and in the video advertisement category for an advertisement on the WKCTCs Industrial Chemical Technology program (Jon Walker of Paducah); and
Two bronze awards in the student handbook category of WKCTC Student Handbook (Janett Blythe of Mayfield) and in the college promotional video category for a video on WKCTCs Marine Technology program (Dan Sheppard of Paducah).