Madisonville Community College President Dr. Judith L. Rhoads was presented a
2015 Campus Impact Award for Outstanding Fundraising President by the Council for
Resource Development (CRD). The award was presented during the Plenary Session and
Awards Luncheon held on October 29 at the DC Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.
The Campus Impact Award recognizes the efforts of individuals that have made a significant
positive impact on the community college and/or students it serves. There are four
categories Grants Professional, Private Fundraising Professional, Non-Development
Professional, and Outstanding Fundraising President. The Outstanding Fundraising
President award recognizes efforts in all aspects of resource development and diversification.
Dr. Rhoads, president of Madisonville Community College (MCC) since 1998, has led
the tremendously successful MCC BuildSmart Campaign for Kentucky Competitiveness,
which will fund the construction of the Madisonville Regional Postsecondary Education
Center. Under the BuildSmart plan, each college is required to fund 25% of the total
scope of the approved project in order for the Kentucky Community and Technical College
System (KCTCS) to issue agency bonds for the remaining 75% of the project. The total
scope of the Regional Postsecondary Education Center project is $20 million. Due to
the leadership of Dr. Rhoads, MCC met the $5 million in local support requirement
before the January 1, 2016 deadline.
With support from a generous community, the BuildSmart campaign committee, and KCTCS
leadership, Dr. Rhoads chaired and carried out this campaign without a director of
advancement, who retired the previous year, noted Chris Woodall, current director
of advancement. The success of this development effort is due primarily to Dr. Rhoads
doing everything the right way, not just for this campaign but for the past 17 years
- building and nurturing relationships with community and industry partners. Because
of her leadership and guidance, community leaders understand the need for the Regional
Postsecondary Education Center and they have given in part due to Dr. Rhoads credibility
and commitment to MCC. Dr. Rhoads has a true and unrivaled passion for Madisonville
Community College and the communities and students in its service area.
The Madisonville Regional Postsecondary Education Center will create unique opportunities
for thousands of people to reach their educational goals and thus improve the quality
of life for them, their families, and their communities for years to come. This facility
is not only designed to meet the needs of the present, but it is one that will support
the challenges and innovations yet to come.