Madisonville Community College s (MCC) President Dr. Judith L. Rhoads is pleased to
announce that the City of Madisonville along with Steve Nance and Rhoads and Rhoads,
P.S.C. have been selected as MCC s benefactors for recognition by the Kentucky Community
and Technical College System (KCTCS) for 2015. These special friends were recognized
at the annual KCTCS Celebration of Philanthropy Awards Dinner on Saturday, November
14, at the Lexington Center. More than 600 individuals from across the state were
in attendance. The gala is hosted by KCTCS President Dr. Jay Box and members of the
The honored benefactors are strong supporters of MCC s BuildSmart Investment in Kentucky
Competitiveness campaign for the construction of the Madisonville Regional Postsecondary
Education Center. Under the BuildSmart program, the college was required to raise
$5 million (25% of the project) before accessing agency bonds for the remaining $15
million. The announcement of the BuildSmart campaign completion was made on October
26 during the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new facility.
Accepting the award on behalf of the City of Madisonville was Mayor David Jackson.
He began serving the citizens of Madisonville in 2011. The City of Madisonville took
a leading role in the college s BuildSmart campaign by being one of three $1 million
contributors. Additionally, the City of Madisonville has been a generous supporter
of the Guided Learning amp; Academic Development (G.L.A.D.) summer program for minority
students and the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts.
Local business owner Steve Nance, Tungco CEO and founder, donated $100,000 to the
BuildSmart Campaign in memory of his father, James D. Nance. During the July 30th
naming reception for the James D. Nance Mining Simulation Lab, Nance shared how his
father got him started in business and how giving forward to students was a great
way to honor his father s memory.
Jerry P. Rhoads accepted the award on behalf of Rhoads and Rhoads, P.S.C. The local
law firm was founded in 1974. Two years later, Rhoads and his brother, Tom Rhoads,
formed Rhoads amp; Rhoads P.S.C. In 1996, the firm expanded to Owensboro. Rhoads
amp; Rhoads is now one of the largest personal injury firms in Western Kentucky.
Over the years, the generosity of Rhoads and Rhoads, P.S.C. to Madisonville Community
College and the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts has provided funding support for various
college initiatives that enhance the quality of life for the community.
Madisonville Community College is most appreciative of the commitment from the City
of Madisonville, Steve Nance, and Rhoads and Rhoads, P.S.C. to expanding educational
opportunities in our local communities and region.
Other private supporters that MCC has publically honored over the past nine years
include Madisonville s American Legion Post #6, Farmers Bank of Marion, Autoliv North
America, US Bank of Madisonville, Peggy Williams of Greenville, Betty Trover of Madisonville,
Chester and Jennifer Thomas of Hanson, the Hopkins County Fiscal Court, the Madisonville
Rotary Club, Dennis and Brenda Kirtley of Central City, Carolyn and the late Dr. Bret
Wittmer of Madisonville, the Hopkins County Tourist and Convention Commission, Judge
Bill and Dorothy Paxton of Central City, and Bonita and the late Jim Hatfield of Marion,
Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court, Herb and Anne Pritchett, Hopkins County Development
Corporation and Don and Susan Fishman. Last year MCC honored Baptist Health Madisonville,
the J. Rogers Badgett, Sr. Foundation, and Dr. Dan Martin as the 2014 Benefactors.