University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Duvall Leadership in Residence


Hosted by the Center for Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the leaders 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.


2015 Duvall Leader in Residence Dr. Bob Long,

Visiting Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Leadership

at Murray State University


Bob serves as a Senior Fellow at the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation and teaches organizational and leadership development in the Nonprofit Leadership Studies Program. Dr. Long teaches “Strategic Philanthropy: Learning By Giving” a new program sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to engage young people in identifying innovative and impactful efforts to address hunger, conflict and poverty. Dr. Long was also integral in forming the 40 Chances Seed Grants program in partnership with the Buffett Foundation and ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation.

Prior to joining Murray State University, Bob Long retired from a 15 year career with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where he served as a vice president for programs. His portfolio included the areas of philanthropy, nonprofit leadership, civic engagement, and traditions of giving. Before joining the Kellogg Foundation in 1993, Bob served as the endowed McElroy Professor of Youth Leadership Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, where he also directed the Graduate program in Youth and Human Service Administration. Bob started his career as a youth development specialist with the Cooperative Extension Service in Illinois and Nevada.

Bob has developed creative programs and focused his scholarship in the areas of leadership and philanthropy. He was listed three different times among the "Top 50" most influential people in the nonprofit sector by the Nonprofit Times for his contributions to the global emergence of nonprofit and philanthropy studies.


For more information contact: Lissa Pohl

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 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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