A new scholarship fund has been established in honor of the late Eugene Meade, who served as director of the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Whitesburg Campus from 1990 to 2010.
Meade began his career at the college as a counselor in the Upward Bound Program in Cumberland, where he worked with high school students to help prepare them for entry into higher education.
Dr. Bruce Ayers, who was college president when Meade was hired to head the Whitesburg Campus, said it was his success in the pre-college program and the way in which he related to students and their parents that made him a leading candidate for the role.
“And once he said he was interested, I never considered anyone else for the position,” he said. “It turned out to be a great decision. Eugene brought terrific leadership skills and a special connection to the community that served both the campus and the college extremely well.”
Ayers’s sentiments were echoed by Dr. Vic Adams, the college’s current president. “ Under Eugene’s leadership, Whitesburg became one of our strongest campuses—not only at the college but throughout the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. He went above and beyond to serve the Letcher County community on numerous boards and organizations.”
On accepting the Letcher County Unsung Heroes Award late in his career, Meade noted that he didn’t get involved in working with community organizations for the recognition. “I think of being involved in this manner as part and parcel to my role with the college. The community and college are tied together in many respects—helping one helps the other,” he said.