University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Duvall Leader in Residence


Hosted by the Center for Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the Leader In Residence program, brings to the UK campus nationally and world- renowned leaders who are known for their ethical style of decision making and their focus on youth leadership development, democratic principles and community engagement.

“… it is my hope that all, or as many as possible, of tomorrow’s potential leaders,
will be exposed to and learn from the character and values of our founding fathers.
Their ethics stood for something and were largely what this country was built upon.”

W. Norris Duvall

The University of Kentucky and the Center for Leadership Development are indebted to the generosity and foresight of the late Mr. W. Norris Duvall, of Todd County, Ky, who invested his resources in the development of future leaders. The W. Norris Duvall Endowment for Youth Leadership, Ethics and Service was established to support programs that assist students in developing a strong sense of and a responsibility toward ethical behavior. It has benefitted many young people in developing their leadership knowledge and skills over the past several years. The Duvall Leaders in Residence Program is one such program that is funded by this endowment. 

For more information regarding upcoming events contact: Lissa Pohl

Past Leaders in Residence

In October 2015 Jayne Cravens spoke to over 296 people on the topics of virtual volunteering, using social media to drive social change and marketing community impact, as well as how to develop local and international leadership community service projects. She shared her international experience working in underserved and impoverished communities for agencies like the United Nations with our students, faculty and community leaders who are leading change initiatives within Kentucky and abroad. Her business Coyote Communications, provides expertise, training and resources on how to utilize social media platforms and online tools to better support and market  mission-based organizations including not-for profits, non-governmental organizations, civil society and public sector as well as government agencies. Cravens hails from Henderson, KY and currently resides outside of Portland, Oregon.

Cravens is co-author of “The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook” (1993) and her information and research in this field of social media have been used in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and the Associated Press as well as in blogs worldwide. Many of these articles can be accessed on her Coyote Communications website. Follow Jayne on twitter at #ukyduvall

In February 2015 The Center for Leadership Development brought Robert “Bob” Long PhD to Central KY as the 2015 W. Norris Duvall Leader In Residence. Bob Long is currently the visiting Distinguished Professor of the Nonprofit Leadership Studies Program at Murray State University and serves as senior fellow at Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.
Dr. Long’s distinguished career in nonprofit leadership, and community philanthropy at the Kellogg Foundation, as well as his experience as a youth development specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service in Illinois and Nevada made him the perfect choice for the leader in residence position. He is the embodiment of the W. Norris Duvall Endowment Fund’s mission of supporting programs that reinforce the importance of integrity, ethical behavior and a sense of civic engagement through service-oriented leadership initiatives for Kentucky’s youth and college students.

Upon the announcement that Dr. Long was going to be coming to Central Kentucky as the leader in Residence we received an outpouring of interest. From faculty wanting him to come and speak to students to non-profit and philanthropic organizations wanting to tap into his expertise on creating community foundations and supporting social enterprise and entrepreneurship initiatives, he was in high demand for the entire week. At the end of his week-long engagement he had met with 12 different groups and had spoken to over 318 people.

In 2014 Debbie Anderson was chosen to be our leader in residence because of her expertise in developing educational curriculum that facilitates learning through the horse. Debbie Anderson serves as the co-founder and  Executive Director at Strides to Success, located in Plainfield, Indiana.  She has been involved professionally in the horse industry for over 35 years as a vet tech, world champion riding instructor/coach, as well as, a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor. Strides to Success, founded  in 2004, is an Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) facility in the heart of Indianapolis that connects horses with kids, adults and veterans for educational and mental health purposes, as well as life skills development.

Debbie was only in Lexington, KY for five short days, yet she presented to over 209 individuals including: high school and college students, public school administrators and teachers, university faculty, interested community members, 4-H volunteers, local equine assisted learning programs and equine professionals. Her ability to share her equine inspired curriculum and program development success, created enormous networking opportunities throughout the Bluegrass. Debbie was able to facilitate two live horse demonstrations at Locus Trace Agriscience High School in Fayette County, which were all well attended and provided actual lessons in equine assisted learning to high school students. For more information on Debbie and Strides to Success go to:

In March of 2009, Hal Hamilton and Susan Sweitzer, former Henry County dairy farmers and early agricultural activists in the state of Kentucky, were invited to be the Duvall Leaders in Residence. In 2004, Hal and Susan founded the Sustainable Food Laboratory, a consortium of 68 international business, non profit and public organizations working together ”to accelerate the shift of sustainable food from niche to mainstream”. The week-long program gave students, faculty and staff in the UK College of Agriculture and University, as well as community people and leaders in state government an opportunity to meet and speak with leaders that exemplify innovation and service at a global level.

In April 2007 our first W. Norris Duvall Leader in Residence was Ms. Liz Cornish, a native of Kentucky and graduate of the University of Kentucky. Liz Cornish has served as a consultant to leaders and businesses around the country focusing on transitions. She is a recognized author and   expert in women’s issues and change. While here she engaged in a variety of activities including lectures with students, lead a university wide forum sponsored by the Career Center, UK Alumni Association and the CERES women’s fraternity, and was a keynote speaker for a community based leadership development luncheon series.


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