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Campbellsville VP for academic affairs appointed to state education board

Campbellsville, Ky. – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Dr. Donna Hedgepath, Campbellsville University’s vice president for academic affairs, to the Education Professional Standards Board.

Hedgepath represents chief academic officers and shall serve for a term expiring Sept. 18, 2018.

“My appointment to serve on the Education Professional Standards Board is an honor,” Hedgepath said. “It is an honor to represent the independent colleges/universities in Kentucky as we insure the highest quality standards for educator preparation and certification practice.”

Dr. Gary Cox, president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities, of which Campbellsville University is a member, said, “We’re extremely pleased that Dr. Hedgepath has been appointed to EPSB to represent teacher preparation programs at Kentucky’s private colleges.

“There is no doubt she will do an excellent job, especially given her background and experience as a highly respected public school teacher, education dean and chief academic officer.”

Hedgepath became the new academic vice president in July. She replaced Dr. Frank Cheatham, who retired and who had served 42 years at Campbellsville University.

Prior to her new position, Hedgepath served as dean of the Campbellsville University School of Education. A 1992 bachelor’s and 1999 master’s graduate of Campbellsville University, she participated in the national accreditation of the School of Education as well as gaining knowledge of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Schools (SACSCOC) accreditation standards during her time as dean.

Prior to her tenure as dean, Hedgepath served as a member of the faculty in both the Schools of Education and Music. She brings to her new position ten plus years of experience with Campbellsville University and proven administrative leadership skills as an academic dean and faculty member.

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, said, “Her writing and research skills, as an academician, are exemplary, she is respected by the current administrative leadership team as well as her colleagues on the faculty and staff, and she has excellent understanding of the mission and future of Campbellsville University.”

Hedgepath has a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Kentucky which she received in August 2006. She specialized in teacher quality.

She received her Master of Music in Music Education degree from Campbellsville University in 1999 with core content for arts and humanities curriculum alignment as her research focus. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from CU in 1992.