University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Duvall Leadership in Residence


The 2014 Leader in Residence was Debbie Anderson with Strides to Success

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Debbie Anderson, co-founder and executive director at Strides to Success, was the Universtiy of Kentucky Center for Leadership Development's 2014 W. Norris Duvall Leader in Residence March 24th through March 28th 2014. Strides to Success is an Equine Assisted Learning facility located in Plainfield, Indiana that connects horses with kids, adults, and veterans for educational purposes and life skills development. The Leadership in Residence program brings nationally and world-renowned leaders, known for their ethical syle of decision making and their focus on youth leadership development, to share their expertise with high school and college students, faculty and individuals and groups in the community. Ms. Anderson will be holding private and public presentations during her week in Central Kentucky. Please click here to see Debbie Anderson's full bio.


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. 

“… 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

Past Leaders in Residence
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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