President Roelofs, who has announced his decision to retire effective June 30, 2023, has been a great friend of Bluegrass Tomorrow and was integral in the development of the current Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium programs. He co-chaired the consortium for 3 years and hosted and spoke at the Academic Leadership Academy at Berea College. He has participated in many other Bluegrass Tomorrow summits, meetings, & events through the years.
President Roelofs has also been an advocate for diversity and students with socio-economic difficulties. He has brought attention to these issues during his tenure and in recent Presidents-Superintendents discussions. A testament to the Great Commitments at Berea College from Acts 17:26 that “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth.”
The Bluegrass legacy Award is presented to an individual or organization which has made a lasting impact with long-time dedication to the Bluegrass Region. Certainly Nick Rowe, of Kentucky American Water Company, meets those criteria. Nick is retiring after 35 years of service to our region.
In 2007, the Public Relations Society of America’s thoroughbred Chapter selected Rowe to receive its Communicator of the Year Award. He has also held board positions with the Lexington Industrial Foundation, The Central Bank Advisory Board, and the United Way. It is a great honor to announce that the 2022 Bluegrass Legacy Award was presented to Nick Rowe, of Kentucky American Water company.