HARRODSBURG, Ky. — The Shaker Village Board of Trustees has announced the election of new Chairman G. Watts Humphrey Jr. of Harrodsburg and Vice Chairman Ann Bakhaus of Lexington.
“We are fortunate to have such an experienced group of leaders who are dedicated to helping Shaker Village thrive,” said President and CEO Maynard Crossland. “Their talents and knowledge are instrumental to push us forward as we grow our community.”
Humphrey has served on the board since 1990 and was the former vice chairman and a member of the Executive Committee. In addition, he co-chairs the Development Committee and has been instrumental in the organization’s success in raising funds for the restoration of the historic infrastructure. He is president of GWH Holdings Inc., as well as a director of Wausau Paper Corporation.
Humphrey currently serves as a trustee of Centre College in Danville and the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a partner in the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team. He has served as chairman of Churchill Downs, director for the Pittsburgh Symphony Society, and held positions of chairman, deputy chairman, and director for the Federal Reserve Bank-Fourth District in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a graduate of Yale and Harvard universities.
Bakhaus has been a member of the board since 2011 and serves as the chairman of the Operations Committee. She has also been an active member of the Development Committee and a major supporter of the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass at Shaker Village.
She is the former CEO of Kentucky Eagle Inc., a position she held since taking over from her father, O. A. Bakhaus, in 1997 until her retirement in 2018. She currently chairs the Town Branch Park Advisory Board and serves in leadership roles with Commerce Lexington, Lexington Industrial Foundation, Lexington Triangle Foundation, Child Development of the Bluegrass, Fayette Alliance Foundation, Downtown Lexington Partnership, The Markey Foundation and the Lexington Center Corp. Board. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, N.C.
Humphrey succeeds Dr. Elizabeth Kennan Burns of Danville as chairman of the board. Dr. Burns began her term as chairman in 2011 and oversaw the transformation of Shaker Village to reach out to a broader audience and guided the organization through a major capital campaign. Through her leadership the Village has raised in excess of $13.5 million to ensure the organization’s responsibility to restore and preserve the historic infrastructure and to support the organization’s long-term sustainability. Dr. Burns will remain on the board as the immediate past chairman and will chair the Long-Range Planning Committee, as well as remaining a member of the Executive Committee.